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Monday 20 August 2018

Ciarán proves a class act at Mearnóg and Col Dhúlaigh

FOR 12 seasons, Ciarán Wrynne played senior football for Naomh Mearnóg.

The term team player was invented for him. Sadly, injury has now seen him retire.

Out on the coast, the locals regard Ciarán as a priceless piece of Portmarnock porcelain.

Over the years, despite his own playing career, he has helped out with countless Mearnág teams.

And as a teacher in Coláiste Dhúlaigh, he is forever on the sidelines.

He has coached some talented personnel - among them Dublin duo Kevin O'Brien and Shane Carthy.

His colleagues at Coláiste Dhúlaigh include top Dublin ref, Peadar Behan, and the man from Clare, boxing champ, Joe Vaughan. The Monday morning tea-break is always lively.

Earlier this year, Henry Shefflin visited the Coolock college. Henry talked of his early hurling days in a small rural area with just 18 players on the squad. He was one of the subs.

It was a long way from ten All-Ireland medals.

Henry added that talent was never enough. He stressed that the only way to improve is hard work.

"Ability doesn't come into it. It's all about getting out there and doing your best everytime."

At the end of Saturday's final, Donal óg Cusack spoke about his own days growing up in Cloyne.

"Every day I walked by a statue and I was always looking up at it. It was Christy Ring.

"I heard so many stories about the great man. And people would be saying that his eight All-Ireland medals record will never be beaten.

"Now, I hope they erect a statue to Henry in Ballyhale, and, like Christy, he'll inspire thousands of kids to take up hurling."

Ciarán would echo those words.

That was his aim everytime he pulled on his own black and amber shirt.

His colleagues in the Coláiste Dhúlaigh PE Department hold him in the highest esteem.

And so do the students. Never a game ends without the Dhúlaigh players thanking him for his time.

No doubt, he'll keep busy moulding many future Dublin stars.

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