Limerick rugby family hoping for repeat of cup glory

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Family trio: Len Dinneen senior with current schools starlet and grandson Jack and son Len junior - who won a Senior schools Cup medal with Crescent back in 1983. Picture: Dermot Lynch
SHOULD Crescent College Comprehensive beat Rockwell and achieve glory in the Munster Senior Cup rugby schools’ competition, a rare milestone will be achieved.

SHOULD Crescent College Comprehensive beat Rockwell and achieve glory in the Munster Senior Cup rugby schools’ competition, a rare milestone will be achieved.

Jack Dinneen, a titan on the Crescent team who overcame CBC on Tuesday in the semi-final, will follow in the footsteps of dad Len, who won a Senior Cup medal exactly 30 years ago this weekend for the school. That 1983 Senior Cup-winning team had a reunion in Kilkee last weekend, with the entire squad gathering to celebrate their glory 30 years ago.

“We had guys over from America, Switzerland, the UK – the whole team was there,” said Len, a son of the ‘voice of Limerick rugby’, Len Dinneen senior, broadcaster on Live 95FM and rugby legend in his own right.

“Schools’ rugby is a special thing, it is one of things that when you are in it, it is all encompassing – nothing else matters outside of it.

“It is great for the lads and at least they put themselves in a final. Thirty years later we met up and it is as if it was just yesterday. It has that bond that stays with guys forever.”

Both Lens declared their pride in number eight Jack, who overcame a knee injury sustained last year to return to the team this season.

“For those guys, they have an opportunity to put a marker down - we did it 30 years ago and we are still telling ourselves how good we were,” laughed Len jr.

“Jack came back from injury and is back to full fitness and is playing well. They all performed well and it was against the run of play, but it is never over until the ref blows his final whistle,” said the proud Dad of the semi-final win over CBC, which saw Crescent run out 7-6 winners, scoring a dramatic try deep into injury time this week.

Grandad Len said he was “very proud” of Jack, who was going from “strength to strength” this season, he said.

“From the team’s point of view it is some achievement to go to Cork and win on two occasions, it is a hard place to go for a Limerick side,” he said.

Dad Len said of the school’s prospects against Rockwell on Monday: “It is about how they recover over the next few days, they have had two tough games in a week and it is how they recover physically and mentally and if it took a lot of them.

“Rockwell are going for their own piece of history, three in a row - they have been in five, this is their fifth final in a row, they are going from strength to strength - I think it will be a good game, it should make for a good spectacle. Finals are always on the day.”