SLIDESHOW: Ardscoil Ris host Coaching Day for young Limerick hurling stars

Jerome O'Connell

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ARDSCOIL RIS held their inaugural Coaching Day over the Easter holidays.

The Limerick city secondary school's Coaching Day took place in Na Piarsaigh GAA grounds with over 90 young hurlers taking part.

"The concept was simple, an opportunity for primary school students from the school's feeder schools to avail of a day's coaching. We had students from 20 different clubs that participated," explained Ardscoil Ris teacher and hurling mentor Niall Crowe.

"We contacted Peter Nash Limerick GDA, who manned a station for the morning session. Many thanks to Peter for that. Each of the seven groups had a senior coach and two coaches from the school's'Future Leaders TY GAA class. Each group was coached a specific skill for 25-minutes and then the groups rotated to the next station," he outlined.

Crowe added: "After two hours of coaching the students were given a 20-minute nutrition talk by Clare senior hurler and staff member Paul Flanagan."

Limerick hurler William O'Donoghue, an Ardscoil Ris past pupil, took photos with the players from each of the clubs involved along with the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

The day finished with presentation of a t-shirt to each participant and an hour of 7-a-side games.

"The day would not have been possible without the co-operation of Na Piarsaigh, who not only allowed the school use of the facilities but were also there on the day to help out. Thanks to Donie O'Gorman, Fergal Brosnan, Timmy O'Connor and Risteard O'Flaherty," said Niall Crowe.

Among the coaches on the day were Limerick GDA Peter Nash, staff member and Clare senior hurling coach Liam Cronin, staff member ad Harty Cup wining manager-coach Derek Larkin, staff member and Mervue Utd player Peter Healy, former Harty Cup winning captain Cathal McInerney, staff member and Clare hurler Paul Flanagan and Limerick U-20 hurling coach Ger Downes.