Wednesday 26 October 2016

Tullaroan Tank and might of Marino's Men

TWO celebrated names meet in O'Moore Park next Sunday.

It's St Vincent's against Tullaroan in the Leinster Senior Hurling League Division 1 final (1.30).

The game will be followed by the Leinster SHC tie between Laois and Offaly. The winner of that will play Dublin or Galway in the Leinster semi-final.

Like St Vincent's, Tullaroan have a deep history. They have won the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship more than anybody else.

And one of their most famous sons is Tommy Walsh, who has nine All-Irelands and nine All-Stars on the mantel piece.

Plus a trophy cabinet full of other awards.

Lory Meagher also played for the club. He was picked at midfield on the Team of the Century and the Team of the Millennium.

His colleagues included the future Taoiseach, Jack Lynch.

And the forward line had names like Christy Ring, Mick Mackey, Jim Langton, Jimmy Doyle, Nicky Rackard and Eddie Keher.


What price would they be worth in the transfer market.

Keher is the only player of the more modern era to have secured his spot on the Team of the Century.

On the Team of the Millennium, he was joined by Offaly manager, Brian Whelehan, and Ray Cummins.

On Saturday, July 4, Tommy Walsh will be giving the Legends Tour of Croke Park.

Vincent's had a few legends of their own. They included Norman Allen, the father of the Vincent's senior hurling manager, Damien.

Damien was the last man to captain St Vincent's to the Dublin SHC title. That was in 1993.

This season, they made a positive start to their Dublin Championship campaign, losing narrowly to the champions, Kilmacud Crokes, and beating Setanta.

Getting good, competitive matches in the Leinster League has played an important role in the team's form.

Vincent's have impressed against Wexford's Buffer's Alley, Ballinkillen from Carlow and Clara of Kilkenny.

The return from Australia of Ronan Fallon has been a huge boost.

Fallon is one of the most classical centre half-backs in the city.

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