Limerick’s Ardscoil Ris look to emulate great Sexton St teams

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

ARDSCOIL Ris look to replicate the glorious heydays of Sexton Street this Sunday when they chase back-to-back Dr Harty Cup titles.

ARDSCOIL Ris look to replicate the glorious heydays of Sexton Street this Sunday when they chase back-to-back Dr Harty Cup titles.

Standing between the North Circular Road secondary school and successive hurling championships is Charleville CBS.

Sunday’s game has a 2.30 start in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds and for the first time ever it will be streamed live on the Munster GAA website.

Champions Ardscoil Ris are bidding to emulate the all-conquering Limerick CBS teams of the 1920’s and 1960’s.

Limerick CBS won a hat-trick of crowns between 1925-27 and then collected four successive titles from 1964 to 1967.

While Ardscoil Ris are only seeking their second ever Munster senior A colleges hurling championship this Sunday, their opponents Charleville CBS have never won the coveted title. The north Cork secondary school reached the final in 1938, but were defeated by Thurles CBS in the decider.

Interestingly, Charleville play in the Limerick colleges championship and Sunday’s finalists met last November in the county championship semi-final when the Limerick city side were one point winners.

Therefore, Sunday’s final is technically an ‘all-Limerick’ final.

Charleville will have four players from clubs across the border in south Limerick in their line-up.

Something similar happened back in the 1998 final which was Limerick CBS’ last final appearance.

In that final, Limerick CBS lost out to St. Flannan’s of Ennis. The Clare side had four Limerick players in their line-up - Brian Geary Cathal O’Reilly, Shane Mullane and Hugh Flavin.

On Sunday, players from Kilmallock, Effin and Dromin-Athlacca will look to dethrone an Ardscoil Ris side that is backboned by players from Na Piarsaigh, Adare and Patrickswell GAA clubs, among others.

Managed by Limerick senior hurler Niall Moran, Ardscoil can boost his inter-county team-mate Declan Hannon among their ranks. The Adare teenager is yet to make his Limerick senior debut but he is in the plans of Donal O’Grady and was among the substitutes in Limerick’s Allianz League win over Clare two weeks ago.

Hannon is joint-captain of Ardscoil Ris, along with Shane Dowling of Na Piarsaigh - Charleville are captained by David Reidy of Dromin-Athlacca.

Regardless of the result on Sunday, both sides will progress to the All-Ireland series.

Last year Ardscoil Ris were defeated in the All-Ireland final by St Kierans of Kilkenny. The Kilkenny city side are still in contention and play fellow Kilkenny side Castlecomer Community School in the Leinster final.