Maestro Mangan is a cool customer
CIARáN MANGAN has been really impressive all season. Neat and tidy in his work. An accomplished corner-back at the top of his game.
It's his third year on the senior hurling team at St Jude's. Until this season, he also played junior football for the club.
But now the binoculars are pointed very firmly on the small ball. And a senior county hurling championship final awaits tonight in Parnell Park (7.45).
Kilmacud Crokes have some class forwards like Seán McGrath, Caolan Conway and Oisin O'Rorke.
But Ciarán's composure and diligence has been a feature of the campaign.
"We were first out of our group to get into the quarter-final, so that was a nice lift for everybody," acknowledges Mangan.
Then came the handsome derby victory over the neighbours, Faughs, and a first appearance in a semi-final.
"It was a tough game. We knew what to expect from O'Toole's in the semi-final. They always give it everything."
It was an afternoon when the Templeogue team defended so well. They often came under heavy pressure, but Ciarán and his colleagues stood tall.
"Things are going well for us, reaching the semi, and now the final, but we have won nothing. It's a massive boost for the club. It's just fantastic to be in the final.
"But it's all about getting the preparation right. We have been living for a day like this, and there's more to come from us."
Having an All-Star in the camp is a help to all. Danny Sutcliffe is a role model at Tymon.
"He's a top hurler and he's such a good club man."
When Danny was out injured, he'd be there on the side line acting as water boy.
And that's the spirit that has seen Jude's thrive. The echo of their ways can be seen in the locality.
"You see loads of young lads out with the hurleys, and it's great. Dublin hurling keeps pushing on."
Likewise, St Jude's.