Mark Foley (Limerick Hurler) - Playing Career - Inter-county

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Foley has played hurling at all levels with Limerick. In the early 1990s he played on both the minor and under-21 teams, however, he had little success. He later joined the senior side and was a member of the panel when Limerick won the Munster Championship in 1994. The team later lost the All-Ireland final to Offaly in what has become known as 'the five-minute final.' In 1995 Foley made his championship debut against Tipperary, however, Limerick later lost the Munster final to Clare. The following year he won his first Munster title as a full member of the team and Limerick later qualified to play Wexford in the All-Ireland final. For the second time in three years Limerick left Croke Park empty handed. There was some consolation for Foley as his performance in the championship earned him an All-Star award and he was also crowned the All Stars Young Hurler of the Year.

In 1997 Foley won a National Hurling League medal with Limerick, however, the following decade saw Limerick’s senior hurling fortunes take a dramatic downturn. In spite of this Foley received a second All-Star award in 2001. Six years later in 2007 Limerick had an epic battle with Tipp in the provincial championship. After a second replay Foley's side emerged victorious and qualified to play Waterford in the Munster final. Although Limerick lost on that occasion the team showed that they were not a pushover. Limerick later gained their revenge on Waterford by defeating them in the All-Ireland semi-final. This victory allowed Foley's side to play Kilkenny in the championship decider. Unfortunately, Limerick got off to a bad start with goalkeeper Brian Murray letting in two goals in the first ten minutes. 'The Cats', however, went on to win the game by six points.

In the 2009 All-Ireland Championship quarter-final against Dublin, Foley became Limerick's most "capped" player of all time. It was his 46th Championship appearance for Limerick, overtaking Timmy Ryan's record which had stood since 1946. He led his team as far as the All-Ireland semi finals before being knocked out by Tipperary.

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