Curran finally gets to enjoy belated 18th birthday

It may have been his 18th birthday on Saturday but any plans to celebrate that milestone were put on hold by Cathal Curran.

Instead, the Coláistí na nDéise player had a quiet night at home as hefocused on preparations for last Sunday’s Dr Harty Cup final in Leahy Park in Cashel.

That approach paid off in style for the Dungarvan player, as he fired 1-9 to help his side to a historic first triumph in the competition.

The son of Pat Curran, a goalkeeper with Waterford’s senior hurlers during the 1980s, Cathal was a major threat at full-forward throughout. He linked up in the inside attacking line with his 15-year-old brother Patrick, who struck 1-2 from corner-forward.

The brothers, both on Waterford teams that have swept to All-Ireland glory in the Tony Forristal U14hurling tournament in recent years, now have Dr Harty Cup medals to add to their collection.

“It was a very quiet 18th on Saturday, with the Harty final on,” laughed Cathal afterwards. “But I’ll make up for it now and will properly celebrate everything. It’s an absolutely brilliant feeling to win this. We were written off this year, as over the last two years we didn’t even make it out of the group stages of the Harty Cup. So this is a serious win. The brother is a good little hurler and it was great to see him doing well in the corner on Sunday. But there’s serious belief and heart in everyone in this squad. We showed in the games before this against St Flannan’s in the quarter-final and De La Salle in the semi-final that we just never give up.”

Victory was all the sweeter for the 10 players in the Coláiste na nDéise line-up who had been part of the Dungarvan CBS team narrowly defeated in the Munster Colleges SBHC (Corn an Phádraigh) final the previous Saturday by Doon CBS in Cahir.

Cathal, who was on the Waterford minor team that reached last July’s Munster final and will be a key figure in that county squad again this year, admitted that atoning for that loss was a major motivating factor. “It was disappointing last week but things just didn’t really go our way in that game. We really didn’t want to lose two out of two so we just upped it this week. The boys really showed they wanted it and this definitely makes up for the defeat last week. We’re all from small clubs and there’s a serious spirit there amongst the lads. We’re delighted.”

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