The wall is reserved for pictures of All-Ireland winning teams and so at some stage in the next week, the latest crop of hurlers from the famed Kilkenny nursery will join the long line of St Kieran’s teams to annex the Croke Cup in days past.
“Now, we will have 21 All-Ireland winning pictures up there,” remarked a delighted Smith.
“There was a team from Antrim down lately and they were picking out guys like Eoin Kelly from Tipperary. That is where our lads wanted to be and these guys have the ability to be up there, to be some of the best that we have seen in a long time.”
Smith said the victory was all the more remarkable, given this team had won nothing as a group since they were U14.
“We won the U14 league and then we didn’t win another league or championship or anything since then.
“We knew they were good, though. The guy hitting the sidelines, Edmond Delaney, won the Féile na nGael U14 skills competition with full marks. Darren Mullen was a big loss last year, did his cruciate, and he comes back and does this.
“Adrian Mullen is only a kid (16), goalkeeper last year. An incredible hurler.
“Colum Prediville will probably go back to basketball after the summer but he wanted to give hurling a shot and you saw him today.
He’s a big fella anyway but the more hurling he does, the better he gets.
“He’s an All-Ireland medal and he’s only in 5th year. Joe Cuddihy got man of the match. He is actually a genius.”
Smith concluded: “We knew we had a great chance coming up here.
“Ardscoil were under pressure because they hadn’t won one.
“We left it tight at the end. I wouldn’t have been happy with that.”
A minor fault, all things considered.