THE grandson of the murdered garda detective Jerry McCabe was a real super-sub, as he helped Na Piarsaigh win the Under-16 county hurling final.
Jerry McCabe junior, named after the popular officer who was murdered in 1996, has been hurling with Na Piarsaigh since the age of ten.
And it was his two goals on Sunday which helped the city club to a 3-13 to 1-10 win over Doon in the under 16 final, held in Bruff.
Unfortunately, his grandmother Ann McCabe could not be present to see the youngster’s exploits.
But she said she was proud of the Ard Scoil Ris students exploits.
“Unfortunately I could not go to the game, but my daughter Stacey went. But I am very proud, and really pleased for him. I am quite sure his grandad would have also been proud too,” she said.
Jerry junior, a full forward, scored his first goal within ten minutes after emerging from the bench, following a great team move.
He followed this up ten minutes later when man of the match Marcus McManemy carved open the Doon rearguard with a surging solo run before handing a golden opportunity to Jerry to score again.
It was this goal which guaranteed Na Piarsaigh’s third county under 16 title in a row.
Jerry junior is also a promising rugby player, following in the footsteps of his granddad, who played for Rockwell College.
He plays for Ard Scoil Ris, but the chairman of Na Piarsaigh is hoping the full forward will stick with hurling.
“He is a very promising player. We are hoping he will stick with the game of hurling, but we know he is interested in rugby too. He has a good physique, and is very strong,” Timmy O’Connor told the Limerick Leader.
“He has been with Na Piarsaigh since the age of ten, and this underage team has come up through the ranks together,” he added.
There was double delight for Na Piarsaigh on Sunday.
The youngster’s win was followed by the senior team winning the county final against Adare.