Champions St Fergal’s celebrate All Ireland success

Sean Conroy (trainer); Kieran McEvoy, (Harps chairman); GAA president Liam O'Neill; Gavin Dunne (man of the match in the final) and Donal Deegan at the St. Fergal's All Ireland win celebrations in the school.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
GAA President Liam O’Neill was on hand in St Fergal’s Secondary School in Rathdowney last Friday night for the presentation of medals to the school’s Senior Hurling team who won the All Ireland Vocationals Schools Senior Hurling title in Thurles on April 6.

GAA President Liam O’Neill was on hand in St Fergal’s Secondary School in Rathdowney last Friday night for the presentation of medals to the school’s Senior Hurling team who won the All Ireland Vocationals Schools Senior Hurling title in Thurles on April 6.

Players’ friends and family were also in attendance on the night to celebrate the historic achievement. This year’s final was the last ever Vocational Schools Championship and St Fergal’s will be forever associated with winning the last title.

St Fergal’s overcame St Brigid’s Loughrea in a thrilling encounter in Semple Stadium in Thurles by 2-10 to 0-13 to claim the title.

It was a great achievement by the side who had suffered defeat in the Leinster Final but who bounced back brilliantly from that adversity to claim the All Ireland title.

What made their win in the final all the more impressive was that they were eight points down at half-time but they showed remarkable self belief and no little skill to overcome the deficit to win by three points.

Captain Aidan Corby lifted the cup on the day and since then a number of the players have gone on to star for the Laois minors as hurling in the county continues on an upward curve.

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