There’s one thing that will be on the top of every Limerick hurling fan’s Christmas list this year, a copy of Treaty Triumph– a collection of over 200 photographs from Sportsfile, in association with Limerick GAA and Limerick City and County Council, documenting the Limerick hurlers’ journey to claiming the Liam McCarthy cup.
The book was launched on October 16, welcoming members of the All-Ireland winning panel and their manager, John Kiely, to see the unveiling of the 167-page book.
Mayor of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr James Collins spoke at the launch, stressing the importance of reliving Limerick’s outstanding win.
“It’s a fantastic publication and I think especially in the digital age, when a lot of photos that we take end up on the cloud- we store them away, we don’t really go back often enough- to recap on the journey that Limerick hurling brought us on throughout the Summer,” Cllr Collins said.
“It’s important that you celebrate your victories, and it’s important that we document them – this book is testament to that.”
The book is filled with stunning pictures, capturing everything from the team’s pre-National League triumph over Clare in the Munster Hurling League, right up to the post-All Ireland celebrations.
The photos were supplied by Sportsfile, with their founder, Ray McManus admitting that Treaty Triumph was his favourite project to work on, saying: “Within sixty seconds of the All-Ireland final whistle blowing, I was going up to collect the cup and I said to Mike [O’Riordan Limerick GAA County Board Secretary] ‘I presume you wouldn’t throw me out of the dressing room?’ -because I knew there was a book in this.”
“I think it’s all about showing what happens in a dressing room. I’ve been in Kilkenny dressing rooms, I’ve been in Dublin dressing rooms and I’m not sure if I ever saw anything like the emotion in [the Limerick dressing room],” Ray added.
All funds raised from the sale of the book will go towards funding the Limerick team’s holiday, something Limerick GAA Chairman, John Cregan believes they thoroughly deserve.
“If any group of lads, or any team deserve a team holiday, I think we can all acknowledge, that these lads do. We want them to have a holiday of a lifetime, a holiday that they will remember,” John said.
“If there’s a message to go out, I’d like it to be: Please buy the book. It’s a great keepsake and it’s a fantastic memento, but in buying the book, you’ll also be supporting our team,” he added.
The book is a beautiful look-back at what was an unforgettable Hurling Championship for Limerick, gaining the seal of approval from the team and manager John Kiely, who said: “The publication is incredible, very high quality, super value and it array of images from the start of the year, right to the end is just incredible.
“It’s a real treasure I think for people who are following Limerick hurling, people from Limerick and for ourselves; it’s a really valuable catalogue of memories,” John added.
“The power of a photograph is incredible, you can talk as much as you want to describe something, but a photograph is just going to do it in a heartbeat, so there’s an awful lot of really powerful images.”
Treaty Triumph goes on sale October 17 and can be purchased in all good bookshops and on the Sportsfile website.