Limerick sides kept apart in Harty Cup draw

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Andrew La Touche Cosgrave of Castletroy College
LIMERICK’S two remaining sides in the Harty Cup have been kept apart in the draws for the quarter-final and semi-final.

LIMERICK’S two remaining sides in the Harty Cup have been kept apart in the draws for the quarter-final and semi-final.

Both Ardscoil Ris and Castletroy College will be in knockout action on Wednesday January 14.

Three-time champions Ardscoil Ris will play Hamilton High School of Bandon, while Castletroy College face Youghal.

If holders Ardscoil advance they will play Rochestown or Nenagh CBS in the last four, while victory for Castletroy would book a semi-final against Thurles CBS or Cork city’s Gaelcholaiste Mhuire.

Those semi-finals are in the master fixture list for January 31 with the final set for February 21.

Ardscoil Ris are managed by teachers Niall Moran, Fergal Lyons and Paul Flanagan, while also involved with former pupil Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock).

The North Circular Road secondary school are bidding to retain the title just like they did in 2011.

January will be Ardscoil Ris’ ninth successive year reaching the knockout stages and they are attempting to reach the semi-finals for the eighth year in a row.

In the group stages, Ardscoil lost to Thurles but beat West Limerick Colleges, Blackwater and St Flannans.

Ardscoil Ris are backboned by a host of Na Piarsaigh players - Ronan Lynch, Peter Casey, Thomas Grimes and others, along with Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell) and Mickey Mackey (Adare).

Lynch is played his fourth year of Harty Cup.

Teachers Peter O’Reilly (Patrickswell) and Leonard Coughlan (Ballybrown) are in charge of Castletroy College. They finished as group winners - they lost to Doon’s Scoil na Troinoide Naofa but defeated Gaelcholaiste Mhuire, St Colmans of Fermoy, and De La Salle.

2014 inter-county minor stars Barry Nash (South Liberties), Monaleen pair Andrew La Touche Cosgrave and Lorcan Lyons are central to the prospects of Castletroy.

They also have Ahane minor winners Evan Enright, Colum Carroll and Ciaran O’Mara, along with Monaleen’s Nicholas brothers John and Conor and Murroe-Boher’s Hourigan brothers Eoin and Finn.

Castletroy are in their fourth season back in the Munster Post Primary Schools senior A hurling championship and are chasing a first semi-final.

They were beaten semi-finalists in 2012 (Ardscoil Ris) and 2013 (Thurles), while failed to progress from the group last season.

Current players Andrew La Touche Cosgrave and John Nicholas have been in the Castletroy College team for each of their last four years back in the top flight of the Dr Harty Cup.