Turloughmore 0-12 Na Piarsaigh, Cork 1-4.
Turloughmore become only the second Galway team, following the exploits of Loughrea, to win the Division 1 Feile Na nGael hurling title on Sunday in Cusack Park Ennis when they produced a superb display of hurling to overcome competition specialists Na Piarsaigh in the final of the national competition. A wonderful all round weekend culminated in a magnificent display when it was most required, and thus Turloughmore became the first Galway club to win the Christy Ring Trophy outside of the county – Loughrea won their title in 1993 when they, ironically, defeated Turloughmore by 2-5 to 2-3 in Athenry.
Despite a slow start, Turloughmore soon found their rhythm in the Final and Jamie Holland with two frees allied to 2 points from centre forward Sean Linnane helped Turloughmore into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. By half time, Linnane’s third point along with a Richard Doyle score left Turloughmore 0-6 to 0-2 ahead at the break and the dream was alive.
Turloughmore were hurling with real drive and by the 30th minute they had stretched their lead to 0-9 to 0-2, with Richard Doyle, Sean Linnane and Cathal Whelan shooting points. Conor Shaughnessy was outstanding at wing back, while the excellent duo of Sean Linnane and Richard Doyle were to the fore. In defence Keith Herwood excelled with Dara Joyce and Ultan Hurney also defending well. Na Piarsaigh did strike for 1-1 as they game entered it’s final stages, but scores from Conor Shaughnessy (free), Richard Doyle and Jamie Holland (free) helped Turloughmore to build a match winning 0-12 to 1-4 tally. The scenes at the end of the game were a joy to behold as the large Turloughmore support greeted their young heroes. Turloughmore captain Sean Linnane, received the Christy Ring Trophy from Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Christy Cooney, as the young man capped a fantastic year for both himself and the panel. The victorious panel made their way home and many bonfires were in evidence before the team got to the Turloughmore Centre where a huge crowd gave them a welcome to remember. Juvenile chairman Gabriel Collins, Senior Club chairman Martin Murphy addressed the audience before Pat Moore, whose presence over the weekend was a real lift to the panel, introduced all the young heroes and thanked all who played a part in the preparation of the team.
Team for Feile Final: Sean Loftus; Eoin Whelan; Keith Herwood; Dara Joyce; David Cullinane; Ultan Hurney; Conor Shaughnessy (0-1 free); Richard Doyle (0-3); Jamie Holland (0-3 frees); Cillian Hurney; Sean Linnane (0-4); Ronan Duffy; Cathal Whelan (0-1); Padraig Kearney; Noel Shaughnessy. Sub Used: Brian Callinan for Duffy.
Rest of Feile Panel: Niall Keane, Dylan Burke, Conor Phillips, Evan Murphy, Stephen Doyle, Shane Dunleavy, Michael Naughton, Mark Fahy, Oisin Connolly and Fergus O’ Boyle. Mentors: Gerry Linnane (Manager) Pat Moore & John Doyle.
Well done to manager Gerry Linnane and his management team which includes Finbar Flaherty and Brendan Keane on a fine year’s work. Their achievement will be forever remembered. Turloughmore hurling club would like to thank all the parents, club officers and supporters who travelled over the weekend and helped in any way, while also acknowledging the sponsorship provided by main Sponsor John Doyle of Safety Direct and Martin Naughton Oil and all of the other sponsors who were acknowledged on the Team bus.
Thanks to Camogie club Chairperson Gerry Naughton and the camogie club for all their help and well done to them on their fine efforts in the Feile camogie competition. It was great to see two Turloughmore teams on the field in the Feile double header on Friday last at the Na Piarsaigh grounds in Limerick. Special mention to Madge Burke of Paul Nash Travel for her help over the weekend. Photos and loads more detail from the weekend will be on www.turloughmore.galway.gaa.ie.