I noted PM O'Sullivan wondering in the Cork Examiner the other day why Limerick have disimproved so much since TJ Ryan masterminded that smashing 2014 semi-final display against Kilkenny:
"Last weekend, Clare saw off Limerick by four points in underwhelming fashion. While the result surprised few observers, the winners were expected to perform rather better. A friend, neutral in the matter, texted afterwards: “Limerick trying to hurl like Mary I. Tippy tappy feckology. Clare not much better. Closer to lacrosse than hurling.” Hard to dissent. Last weekend lacked hurling’s tensile qualities. Remember Limerick pinning Kilkenny right to the wire in 2014’s elemental All-Ireland semi-final? Kilkenny and Tipp produced two games for the pantheon in the subsequent decider. Back then, Limerick hovered near wondrous altitudes.
How did they disimprove so much, two minor All-Ireland final appearances and an U21 All-Ireland later? The query should be put. Everything is a boggle, including the conditioning of certain Limerick players. As of 2017, their minimum requirements are a goalkeeper, a corner-back, a full-back, a midfielder, a centre-forward, a corner-forward, and a captain."