CORK hurler and Business Development Officer for the Lough Credit Union, Lorcán MacLoughlin experienced his first taste of hurling by the Lough last week as he presented medals on behalf of the sponsors, Lough Credit Union.
MacLoughlin was impressed with not only the talent of hurling that was on display, but also the way in which the entire event was run.
"It was my first time at the Lough Leagues, and I have to say it was such an eye-opener for me," said MacLoughlin.
"The entire set up was fantastic to see.
"From the marching of teams behind the band, to the set up of the pitch alongside the Lough and to see so much support from families and passer-bys was such a fantastic atmosphere.
"It's a huge credit to Mick Finn and the rest of the organisers for keeping the tradition of hurling by the Lough going."
Having spoken to many parents on the night, it was stated that a lot of these kids were playing hurling for the first time and their hope now was that their kids might find the interest to join a local club.
For McLoughlin, he believes it's events like this, amongst friends in a not too competitive atmosphere, is where kids will find the love for the game.
"Without a doubt playing amongst your friends is the best way to enjoy the game.
"I know a lot of kids may find it daunting joining a club at first so this is why I think the Lough leagues is a great way of introducing kids to the game.
"Playing with their school, with ground rules hurling doesn't put any pressure on the kids and because of that it gives kids the confidence to feel they are capable of playing the game.
"From the leagues, one would hope that it might attract a few people to join local clubs."
Without the sponsorship of the Credit Union, Mick Finn has clearly stated that the event could not take place and McLoughlin says that they are delighted to give something back into the community.
"We are thrilled to be sponsors of the event and to help the community in any way we can.
"It is always great to give something back to the community which has obviously been great to us over the years.
"We hope that this partnership can continue for years to come."
Don't miss our four-page Hurling by the Lough picture special tomorrow in Friday's Evening Echo.