Liam Shorten, a classy attacker for Béál Áthan Ghaorthaidh who previously lined out for the Rebels, has a grá for the small-ball game that’s more than matched by principal Donal Ó Búachalla. Along with the late Paul’s family, including his nephew and namesake Paul O’Connor, and the Na Piarsaigh club, his memory lives on every year in a festival of camán.
“As long as new hurlers appear to Autumn college training to test themselves against the best players they have ever faced. As long as old hurlers remember the time when they were young and how oddly wonderful that was.”
Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin and Whitechurch were successful in the A tier in recent tournaments, while Scoil Oilibheár and Riverstown will be formidable contenders this time out.
Paul was a county champion in 1990 and 1995 with Piarsaighs, and Man of the Match in the latter decider, and he was also involved with the club in the SHC win in 2004.