The #WeAreHurling campaign run by Centra, paid a visit to Árdscoil Rís recently, to meet students both past and present from the famous Limerick hurling nursery. 2018 marked a historic year for Limerick, as the Shannonsiders lifted their first All-Ireland title in 45 years.
Undoubtedly, one of the contributing factors to their success was the education both on and off the pitch received by as many as 11 Árd Scoil Rís graduates appearing on the Limerick panel, as well as two members of management.
Stars such as Cian Lynch, Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling are just some of the alumni to come from the North Circular Road based school and each of them express the level of contribution Árd Scoil Rís played in their progression,
"I always refer back to my time in Árd Scoil Rís and what they’ve done for me as a person” says Lynch.
“For six years, they changed the outlook on life and drove us on.”
Having never won the Harty Cup, or even made it to a final for that matter – Árdscoil Rís won their first title in 2010 and followed that by going from strength to strength, repeating the feat in 2011, 2014, 2016 and most recently in 2018. The Harty Cup is the highest inter-schools hurling competition in the province of Munster.
“We saw an opportunity in that maybe we had Sexton Street in the 90’s that were no longer the force that they were. And there was no real hurling nursery as such in county Limerick.” Explains Árd Scoil Rís coach and former Limerick hurler Liam Cronin.
“In 2005, the GAA teachers in the school decided to give a real concentrated effort to the standard of hurling in the school.”
The efforts made by the teachers clearly imprinted a strong spirited mindset, which is prevalent in both the graduates and current students of the school. An unbreakable bond and winning mentality which lead them to the pinnacle of hurling in 2018 as they lifted the Liam MacCarthy in Croke Park.
For further information on Centra’s #WeAreHurling campaign, check out www.centra.ie.