Last but not least - this week features the U21 team of 1990. Traditionally the U21 championship was always the last to be played and so it was in 1990. Captained by Paul Prendergast, who was the young hurler of the year in 1987, Lismore captured the divisional title defeating Cappoquin on a narrow score line of 0-07 to 0-06 retaining the cup they won the previous season. Huge anticipation was to build after all the other underage county titles came back to Lismore. The pressure was palpable and on a memorable day against a splendid Mount Sion team with their own big name players, Lismore attained their hardest won victory beating the city side 4-07 to 4-06. The excitement of players and supporters gave a clear indication of what winning the 'grand slam' meant to the club. The accolade of 'Club of the Year' was to round off the most successful period in the club and as we know 1991 was the accumulation of all that hard work, winning the Senior title. It must be said the juvenile club is still in a very good place and while we haven't reached the heights of 1990, we continue to compete at the top level and still produce players of inter county standard. Lismore are a strong club in every respect and they have reason to believe that they can be the club of the future. Time, and a lot of other things will tell.
The U21 panel of 1990: Declan Landers, Mark O' Sullivan, Kieran Clancy, Pat O' Gorman, Kieran O' Gorman, Dave Barry, Eamonn Power, Martin O' Brien, Johnny Ahearne, Anthony Tinnelly, Michael O' Sullivan, Michael Hickey, Alan Dunne, Sean Daly, Paul Prendergast (Capt), Michael Barry, James Hickey, P.J. Coughlan, Mark Clancy, Paddy O' Donnell, Philip Hickey, Paddy Nugent, Richie Nugent, Brendan Ormonde, Dermot Ormonde, Pa Kenneally, Ken Cullen.
This week features the minor team of 1990. Lismore had won this grade in '85, '87 and '88 and hopes were high that another county title would come to the cathedral town such was the success at underage level within that decade. The minor grade was always well respected and still is to this day. If a team was lucky enough to win this title it was an immense achievement such is the stiff competition from other great western and city teams. In the Western final, the side captained by Paddy Nugent beat Dungarvan 2-21 to 3-05. The final against Roanmore, according to reports, was a cautious and tame affair but Lismore held on to capture their fourth title in six years. Now of course was the time for all of these young players to "graduate" up to the senior ranks. The closure of a sixty six year gap of a senior hurling title must now have been the sole focus after what was such a fantastic year. The Lismore minor panel of 1990: Brendan Ormonde, Philip Hickey, Paddy Nugent (Capt), James O' Connor, Mark Clancy, Kieran O' Gorman, Paddy O' Donnell, Anthony Tinnelly, Keith Lynch, Alan Dunne, Dermot Ormonde, Keith Hornibrook, Paul Quinn, Pat O' Gorman, Michael Hickey, Richie Nugent, Oliver O' Dowd, Thomas Murphy, Michael Veale, Johnny Whelan, John Howard, Robert O' Sullivan, Dan Shanahan. Next week we look at the U21 team of 1990.
This week features the U16 team of 1990. They were a continuation of the victorious Féile All-Ireland winners of 1988. After being so close on four occasions, Lismore GAA Club fulfilled one of their greatest ambitions at St. Brendan's Park, Birr on 26th June 1988. That morning they marched proudly in the parade and later went into action against Ferbane, a formidable team in their own right, fighting for the same honour. Lismore ran out deserved victors and reports from that day suggested that "when the final whistle blew everybody connected with the Lismore and Ballysaggart clubs went wild with delight". The Canon Fogarty Trophy was presented to Lismore's captain Paddy O' Donnell by GAA President John Dowling. In 1990, they took the Western title for the eighth successive year when they beat Dungarvan 1-04 to 1-03. The county title was an easier affair when they accounted for St. Saviours 1-11 to 0-03. Next week we look at the Minor team of 1990.
The U16 panel of 1990 was: Brendan Ormonde, John Roche, Philip Hickey, Peter Barry, Aidan Ormonde, Mark Clancy, James O' Connor, Paddy O' Donnell (Capt), Robert O' Sullivan, Emmet Quann, Michael Veale, Oliver O' Dowd, Seamus Clancy, David Nugent, Michael Daly, Dan Shanahan, Shane Fennessy, Seamus Kearney, Michael Kearney, Brian Quinn, Bobby Nugent, Maurice O' Connor, Eugene O' Brien, David Bennett.
This week we look at the success of the U14 team of 1990. Captained by Ballysaggart native Seamus Clancy, the club won the Western title for the seventh successive season when they defeated Abbeyside by 4-06 to 2-04. They then beat St. Saviours in the county final by 3-06 to 1-01. The U14 grade was nearly owned by Lismore all those years ago and was a reflection of the nursery that was The Christian Brothers School under the stewardship of Br. J.L. Dormer. It was self-evident that the revival of underage hurling in the area coincided with the arrival of Br. Dormer to Lismore in 1980. Success was to continue as Lismore also won the Féile na nGael competition comprehensively beating St. Saviours a second time by 6-03 to 1-01. Next week we look at the U16 team of 1990.
The U14 panel of 1990 was: Brendan Landers, Billy Buckley, Maurice O' Connor, Anthony Whelan, John Landers, Shane Fennessy, Dan Shanahan, Seamus Clancy (Capt), Tomas Landers, Michael Shanahan, Eugene O' Brien, David Bennett, Eoin Bennett, Bobby Nugent, William Cunningham, Brian O Farrell, Thomas Veale, Sean Veale, John O' Gorman, John Begley, Stephen Quinn, Gerald O' Gorman.
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