Carrigtwohill hurling legend Seanie O'Farrell driving it on with St Catherine's

Carrigtwohill hurling legend Seanie O'Farrell driving it on with St Catherine's
St Catherine's Seanie O'Farrell bursting through Ballygarvan's James Browne, Ciaran O'Sullivan and John Spillane in 2014. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

ROLL back the nine years and the DVD will show unbridled joy at its purest when the Carrigtwohill hurlers were crowned county senior champions. 

Central to that fairytale triumph was one of the club's most famous sons: Seanie O'Farrell. He cemented his legendary status as he guided over a crucial late point in that low-scoring final against CIT. He had previously been Man of the Match in the 2007 PIHC decider against Watergrasshill.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Nowadays, O'Farrell has a rapidly blossoming relationship with another East Cork club as he is currently the manager of the St Catherine's team, who are making waves at the top of Group C of the Lower Intermediate Championship.

"I'm really enjoying being involved here. I am married to a staunch St Catherine's woman and our three children are playing underage, so it's great to be part of it. This intermediate team are a really decent group and deserve to be moving on an upward spiral."

Progress has certainly been steady so far. Two wins from two games mean that another triumph this coming weekend will definitely seal a place the last four of the championship. There is an efficiency and a focus about the team that certainly suggest that they can have a say at the business end of things. 

No goal conceded in wins over Tracton and Grenagh and with just 25 white flags raised against them, their defence is the tightest in the grade. Now the third test awaits against Dripsey on Sunday in Watergrasshill (4pm) and O'Farrell knows it won't be easy against the Mid Cork outfit who themselves are battling for a place in the knockout stages.

"There are some really good teams at this level. Nobody wants to go back down in two years, so all 12 sides are very determined. 

"Being involved with underage teams in the club, I can see the talent coming through St Catherine's. It would be a nice to build a platform for those guys for the years ahead. At present, we are in a good place after two games but must keep the momentum going in every game."

Nothing would please O'Farrell more than if he could help his new club move in a positive direction and he could relive some of that winning feeling he had as a player with his home town club.

"I have been made very welcome in this parish and although I would not leave it now for all the world, I still miss Carrig and cherish the great memories. 

"Nothing beats playing. but it's great to be involved, even though nowadays I don't sleep very well as a manager before a championship match."

Sleepless nights or not, O'Farrell has his full focus on match days and is certainly endearing himself to the hurling folk in his home from home.

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