Whatever happens over the rest of their careers wearing the Blood and Bandage, McLoughlin and Nash now have All-Ireland medals with Kanturk. They did it in style too, showing serious composure late on.
Now Kanturk are on the roll of honour and that they defeated a club from Noreside only adds to the magic. Kilkenny clubs had won four of the previous five finals before last weekend.
It’s been far tougher on the football front. Kerry clubs had an iron grip in Munster until Knocknagree ended the Kingdom’s bid for 10 in a row. Canovee turned their provincial silverware into an All-Ireland a decade ago and the Duhallow outfit did the same last Saturday.
The likes of Colm O’Callaghan and Jack Murphy were key figures throughout the run to the last four for the Ballincollig school, in the wake of a historic first Premier 1 minor county for Éire Óg last year. We’ll watch with interest to see if they can move through the Cork ranks.
The Cork hurlers continue to bring through their young guns, with Coláiste Choilm graduate Seán O’Donoghue – captain when they won the All-Ireland B football title in 2014 – building on a solid debut against Kilkenny with another fine showing in Wexford. It looked like football would take precedence when O’Donoghue was a marauding half-forward in the U21 team that lost the 2016 final to Mayo, but hailing from Inniscarra he’s a hurler at heart.