A Coláiste Eoin goal from centre forward Dara Puirséil as the game entered injury time gave the all-Irish Dublin college a dramatic but fully merited victory over holders St Kieran’s, Kilkenny, in a hard-fought Corn Uí Dhúill (Leinster Colleges Post Primary ‘A’) final at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
One evening a few weeks back, Jackie Tyrrell and I were talking about the Dr Harty Cup when I mentioned to Jackie that my Harty medal from 1987 meant far more to me than the Croke Cup (All-Ireland) I won with St Flannan’s against St Kieran’s six weeks later.
Michael Carey and Tommy Ronan play for St Kieran’s College against Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore in the Croke Cup final this afternoon. Their fathers, DJ and Adrian, won the competition with Kieran’s in 1988 and plenty more besides. Two great hurlers met to reminisce and fill in that generation gap, writes.
With 40 minutes played Coláiste Cholmáin had their noses in front in Clonmel as they aimed to claim All-Ireland hurling glory at U16 level but they could only manage a single point thereafter as rivals St Kieran’s grabbed control.
St Colman’s College Fermoy manager Garvan Queeney has urged his charges not to get caught up in the longstanding history they have with St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A hurling (U16½) championship final in Clonmel.
Drama at the death in the opener at HQ yesterday — both after the 70 minutes and extra-time — but the sum of this first All-Ireland minor semi-final added up to significantly less than its parts and, in that, it was no different to the senior contest that followed.