ALL IRELAND club finals day in Croke Park holds a special place in Irish people’s hearts.
This coming St Patrick’s Day, Na Piarsaigh will go in search of their own piece of history as they face Cushendall of Antrim in this season’s showpiece.
Although a Limerick club has never won a Senior All Ireland hurling club title, Na Piarsaigh have the best chance of claiming that all elusive crown.
Having defeated such hurling power houses as Sixmilebridge, Thurles Sarsfields, Ballygunner and Oulart the Ballagh along the way, Na Piarsaigh need to negotiate one more hurdle to secure hurling’s holy grail.
“It is going to be a fantastic day for the club. It has been a longer break for the players, than they would be used to, but they are excited about the day. Our goal since winning the county title was to go as far as we could by taking each opposition as they stood in front of us. All Ireland final day will be no different. It all boils down to hard work now,” commented Na Piarsaigh manager Shane O’Neill.
O’Neill’s backroom partner and former team mate, Kieran Bermingham knows that the game is the most important aspect of the entire ‘finals day’.
“It has been an enjoyable road. We are delighted to be still on it. The All Ireland final is more for the fans and the club to get excited about. It is just another match for the panel. They need to be focused on the fact it is just a game of hurling. We have been focused all year and we know that a massive performance is needed.”
With no Limerick team able to go that extra yard in this competition, Shane O’Neill knows that years of hard work could finally bear fruit this week.
“We have so many coaches here from under age level all the way up. That is the reason we can perform at the level we have been performing at. Hopefully we can take it one step further now and reward all of those people for their hard work over the years. The day is all about them.”
Na Piarsaigh’s game throws in at 2pm and will be live on TG4.
Potential Na Piarsaigh side: Padraig Kennedy; Mike Casey, Kieran Breen, Kieran Kennedy; Mike Foley, Ronan Lynch, Cathal King; Alan Dempsey, Will O’Donoughue; Shane Dowling, David Breen, Kevin Ryan; Kevin Downes, David Dempsey, Peter Casey.