Eamonn Sweeney: Limerick on the brink of history – but many have fallen short before them

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There’s one thing magical about three in a row. It’s hurling’s Golden Fleece, its Holy Grail, its One Ring, a unprecedented goal requiring an epic quest. And it’s very, very tough to nail down.

nly two groups within the final 60 years have managed a hat-trick, Cork from 1976 to 1978 and Kilkenny from 2006-2008 with one added in 2009 for good measure. Ten different groups have gained back-to-back titles earlier than discovering the following step past them.

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