Neil Cronin says Garryowen's Munster Senior Cup win is 'mad' and 'surreal'

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Neil Cronin says Garryowen's Munster Senior Cup win is 'mad' and 'surreal'

Charlie Buckley, President of Munster Branch of the IRFU, presents the Munster Senior Cup to Garryowen captain Neil Cronin at the Markets Field

GARRYOWEN’S Munster Senior Cup winning captain Neil Cronin has described the club’s 39th final success as ‘surreal’ and ‘mad’.

Neil and his younger brother Liam’s success in helping Garryowen claim their first Munster Senior Cup success since 2012 capped an excellent 48 hours for the Cronin family.

Their older brother Sean celebrated his recall to the Ireland rugby squad for the opening rounds of the Nat West 6 Nations Championship by claiming the Man of the Match accolade in Leinster’s Champions Cup win away to Montpellier on Saturday.

Garryowen overcame local rivals UL-Bohs 18-3 in the decider at the Markets Field on Friday night to see Neil Cronin claim his second Munster Senior Cup medal.

Neil Cronin said: "It is mad. It really does feel like six years coming. We have gotten to two finals in those years, lost them both, and we got to two semi-finals. It is hard hard to get to these finals, win them and get over the line.

"I will probably wake up tomorrow and realise - I finally won one. It is surreal really.

"I was on the bench in 2012. I actually didn't come on in the final, but I came on in the semi-final. I was 18 then, coming out of school. I didn't really know the lads I was coming on for, playing with.

"It is mad the way rugby goes sometimes. People kinda expected (brother) Sean to be in the (Ireland) squad, having been there so long, and then he wasn't there in November, and people thought it is weird. Then to get called back in for the opening rounds of the 6 Nations, it has been a good week. 

"I think my parents are more delighted about everything has happened, two brothers winning a Munster Senior Cup and Sean getting back in the squad. Happy days!

"We have a very important game next Saturday in the Ulster Bank League with Garryowen against Dublin University. We have to train well this week and be as well prepared as possible for that game.

“We are at a stage where we are four points behind Clontarf. if we lose that, we go eight points potentially behind them and you are facing a serious uphill battle to make top four.

"If we win on Saturday anything can happen. It is a big task."