"I say to the fans, can you please go absolutely mental for the next couple of weeks" - Shane Dowling gives emotive post-match interview 2 years ago

"I say to the fans, can you please go absolutely mental for the next couple of weeks" - Shane Dowling gives emotive post-match interview

"It means the world to me. And more importantly my friends and my family and my club."

Limerick hurler Shane Dowling gave an inspirational post-match interview following a spectacular triumph over Galway in an All-Ireland hurling final which boasted tension right to the end.

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Never one to keep it brief, 25-year-old Dowling's passion for the game was palpable, stating that he has been waiting for this day to come for decades.

"I can't believe it. I just can't believe it. This is all I've ever wanted since I was a young fella," a clearly emotional Dowling said.

Dowling had to make do with the role of an impact sub for most of the year – and what an impact he made on Sunday, coming on with the score of a crucial goal which helped steer the Treaty County to victory.

The crescendo from the stands as he ran on just shows how beloved a player he is and how much his importance is recognised by the team.

The Na Piarsaigh star concluded his rousing interview with a call to Limerick fans to "go absolutely mental for the next couple of weeks" following their victory – something we're sure they'll have no problem with.

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Details of the team's homecoming have been released online, with Beoga, The Blizzards and DJ Mark McCabe set to perform on the night.