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Published: 10:12 | 19/4/18

'It's very tough' – Na Piarsaigh boss as Limerick combat resumes

Paul Beary, Na Piarsaigh manager, is aware of the challenge facing his side as the Leinster SHC begins.

Only on 24 March were Na Piarsaigh in action when beaten by Cuala in an All-Ireland final replay. On 22 April they start all over again on a weekend.

Kilmallock take on Ballybrown in the Limerick GAA Club Hurling Championship on Saturday, 21 April, live on eir Sport 2 at 3pm. The game between Patrickswell and Adare is also live on eir Sport 2, with a 4.45pm start. 

Six Na Piarsaigh players will be handed out awards in Croke Park Saturday night for their exploits last season before in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday afternoon they begin a new season.

Beary told the42.ie: “It’s a very tough ask. I would have witnessed first-hand the efforts that are going in by these players. There’s no other way to describe it other than being pushed to the limit. Throw on top of that lads on our panel having inter-county, Fitzgibbon Cup and everything. 

“It’s made all the more difficult on the back of the defeat and in the circumstances going to a replay as well. It was only a few weeks ago and I did steer away from the players because it was all very raw. It’s a tough defeat. We’d a meeting there last Sunday week and we just had a good chat about it. 

“When you take Na Piarsaigh and Nemo and Cuala and all those players who get stretched to the limit by the All-Ireland club series and then to turn around within a matter of weeks, it’s quite difficult. 

“The players have been very good. There’s no doubt there’s a high level of mental fatigue and physical fatigue and all of that but by the same token we did talk about just getting to the end of this month and we’ll try to catch our breath a bit."

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Kilmallock take on Ballybrown in the Limerick GAA Club Hurling Championship on Saturday, 21 April, live on eir Sport 2 at 3pm. The second semi-final betweenPatrickswell and Adare is also live on eir Sport 2, with a 4.45pm start. 

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