IT was a special moment for the Bride Rovers club this week, as one of their presented an All-Ireland hurling trophy to two members of the same club.
The occasion was the Cork County Board monthly meeting this Tuesday night where Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane handed over the All-Ireland U17 trophy which was won by Cork in Croke Park a week earlier. The recipients were twins, Brian and Eoin Roche, joint captains of the winning team.
The significance of the occasion was even greater because this was the inaugural year of the competition, one that will replace the minor grade next season.
The two young men, who played key roles in the victory, are also major figures on the Cork minor hurling team that will play Galway next Sunday fortnight in another All-Ireland final.
It was a hugely auspicious occasion for all concerned on Tuesday night at the Nemo Rangers complex and for the Rovers club PRO, John Arnold, an extremely proud one.
“Yes indeed, to have had two young men from the club taking possession of an All-Ireland trophy meant an awful lot.
“And to have Ger Lane, our own Cork County Board chairman and our club vice-chairman, handing it over added considerably to the occasion.
”We are very proud of Brian and Eoin, they are great, young ambassadors for the club and for their school, St Colman’s Fermoy.
”They were joint captains too for St Colman’s when they lifted the Dean Ryan Cup earlier in the year."
They also played in a Harty Cup final for the school this year, losing out to Templemore.
“They are two very fine hurlers of great character and very humble as well. One is a back, the other a forward and to give an example of their dedication, they played with Cork in the U17 All-Ireland on a Thursday night, played U21 with the club on Saturday night and played minor club on Monday night.
“The club is very important to them and, hopefully, now they can win with the minors in a few weeks time.’’