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Declan Hannon Pays Tribute To Those Who Suffered In 2020 In All-Ireland Speech

Declan Hannon Pays Tribute To Those Who Suffered In 2020 In All-Ireland Speech
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Limerick have been crowned All-Ireland hurling champions, blowing Waterford away with an incredible second half display at Croke Park.

Having entered the game as favourites, they were the better team right from the throw-in. Despite this, Waterford managed to stay within touching distance in the first 35 minutes.

However, the second half was a different story. Limerick were irresistible in the second half, with the game already over entering the final ten minutes.

Nobody can argue that Limerick didn't deserve this honour. They have been the best team by far in 2020, going undefeated in all competitions.


They are an understated group of players, but captain Declan Hannon provided was in top form for his victory speech.

After thanking all the people who have played a part in their success up to this point, he would go on to pay tribute to both frontline workers and the people who have lost their lives during what has been a very tough year for everyone in this country.

I want to mention the frontline staff who have worked so tirelessly during this pandemic. The respect that we have for you all in going out there every single day and keeping us all safe is absolutely fantastic.

It doesn't go unnoticed by us, so thank you very, very much.

2020 has been an incredibly tough year. Businesses have been closed, people have lost their jobs. I know a lot of loved ones have passed away who would have really loved to be here.

To those families, we think of you every single day, you inspire us. We think of you every single day, but no doubt they're all looking down from heaven on top of us to day smiling down.

Lastly, to our supporters, I can picture you here on Hill 16 smiling with giddiness getting ready to celebrate. We wish you were here, we can't celebrate with you when it is safe to do so, but I would urge you to respect the guidelines.

The frontline staff have done phenomenal work in keeping us safe, I hope you enjoy this evening at home with your loved ones.

Luimneach abú!

A nice touch from a real class act.

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