Dubs and Cork set to dazzle under the lights
KIERAN MURPHY is from Ballinhassig. He guided Parnell's to senior hurling.
His love of the craft was moulded on the terraces of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, watching a Leeside God like Jimmy Barry Murphy.
Kieran also admired Brian Corcoran.
"I remember the first time he came along and he marked Pat Fox.
"It was the day Brian put the Fox in his pocket!"
The new Dublin manager also made an impression on young eyes. "It was his (Ger Cunningham's) puck-outs that I most remember.
"And those were the days before the modern light sliotars."
Kieran recalls a lovely little story from yesteryear.
Craobh Chiaráin went to Cork to play the St Finbarr's under-14s.
Three Cork icons came to meet them - Johnny Crowley, Seánie O'Leary and Ger Cunningham.
The Craobh goalie, Ger Ryan, later to play for Dublin, was asked had he a question.
"I'd like to ask Mr Cunningham what is the hardest shot to save."
The legend of Leeside fixed the young Dub with a stare before replying in his best Cork accent: "The one that hits the back of the net, boy!"
Under their new boss, the Blues have hit the ground running in Division 1A of the National Hurling League.
"He is doing very well. To get a good start is great for any new manager.
"You buy yourself some credit," offers Kieran.
"The changes Ger has introduced are working.
"Bringing in the young lads has paid dividends, and Shane Durkin is in fine form."
Kieran managed the Parnell's adult hurlers for eight years.
He's now back with the juveniles, and enjoying every second. Parnell's have a solid hurling man on the roll in Vincent Teehan, the former Offaly player and Dublin senior hurling selector.
Kieran commends the work of the present Dublin selectors, Shay Boland and Gearóid O Riain.
And he's predicting that many children will leave Croke Park on Saturday night with stars in their eyes. Just like he did many years ago.
"Cork and Dublin have thrown up some marvellous matches over the years."