Limerick attacker Gearóid Hegarty says that simple hard work is the key ingredient to their incredible success as the Treaty County made it three All-Ireland Hurling titles in four years against Cork at Croke Park.
John Kiely's side were in sensational form with Hegarty’s contribution of 2-02 helping them to a 3-32 tally overall in the 16-point win – the highest ever recorded in a final.
"We just love working hard, we love working hard in training and we love coming out here then and putting it out on the field and seeing where it gets us," said Hegarty.
He continued: "We work so hard, we just work so hard at training on Tuesdays and Fridays and the weekends when we don’t have a game.
"In fairness we are absolutely blessed, I’ve said it 100 times before, with the management team that John has put together.
"Paul’s (Kinnerk) trainings are absolutely unbelievable. Nobody sees them, that’s the way they want it, but the trainings are just off the charts.
"We work so hard and it’s brilliant when you train so hard, this is where you want to perform, on All-Ireland final day. This is where you want to get your best performance out and it’s such a satisfying feeling to get that performance out there today."
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Limerick’s opening-half performance was one of the best witnessed at Croke Park in a long time. The 2020 All Star admitted that he didn’t even know what they had racked up – it was 3-18 – but said that the message at the interval was to keep the standards high across all four quarters of the game.
"We talked about consistency across the four quarters, not just the first half," he said.
"We knew if we were consistent across the four quarters it would leave us in a great position. I didn’t even know the half-time score, I didn’t know what we got.
"3-18, I think we got 3-16 here in the 2018 All-Ireland final (v Galway) so that puts a bit of perspective on that half-time score."
The St Patrick’s clubman also spoke of the spirit that exists within the squad, and he hopes that they can feed on that for a number of years yet.
"All the battles we have been in over the last number of years, of course it’s going to bring you closer together.
"We have so many reference points over the last few years where we have been down in games, where we have been leading in games, leading from the front, coming back and winning in the last few minutes. It’s just human nature to get close after those games and long may it last."