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.
As 2020 came to a close, it marked the 30th anniversary when Lismore GAA club were crowned "Club of the Year". It was a golden period culminating in winning all underage hurling titles and also the fact that our U14 team represented the county at Féile na nGael for a record seventh year in a row. It was a testament to the work that was being done at underage level specifically at the Christian Brothers School in Lismore. One also remembers those enjoyable days after all that hurling during the day to go back up to the school yard for yet more hurling with "Dick's Leagues". Dick Ahearne, who was the school caretaker at the time, co-ordinated a series of games (involving forty youngsters) which were run off in clockwork fashion every year. In 1990 Team "C" were crowned U10 champions and was captained by none other than our own current chairman Colin Kearney. In this week's picture we take a look at the U12 team who were crowned Western Champions in 1990 after beating Abbeyside in the final on a scoreline Lismore 7-05 Abbeyside 0-04. A reception at the Lismore Hotel followed on 25th January 1991 where Cork dual legend Teddy McCarthy presented the players with their medals. Next week we look at the U14 team of 1990.
U12 Panel 1990: Wiliam Cunningham (Capt), Billy Walsh, Gary Keane, Michael Caples, Milo Kelleher, Brian Kearney, Kenny Kearney, David O' Gorman, Michael O' Gorman, David Fleming, James McNamara, Kevin Landers, Alan O' Gorman, Brendan Landers, Eoin Bennett, David Howard, David Whelan, Micahel Ormonde, Thomas Barry, Pagraig Walsh, Pagraig O' Gorman, Padraig O' Reilly, Wayne Oakham, Thomas Veale, Pat McNamara, Fergus Hickey, David Hickey.
Lismore GAA Club got the best possible start to 2021 with the announcement that the PwC GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year Award will be voted on between Waterford’s Iarlaith Daly (Lismore), Kilkenny’s Eoin Cody (Ballyhale Shamrocks) and Tipperary’s Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg). Iarlaith was an integral part of Liam Cahill’s Waterford panel last year when he made a number of appearances throughout the season, the biggest of which when he had to replace the injured Tadgh de Burca in the All-Ireland Final. He made another valuable contribution V Kilkenny in the semi-final. We also wish Stephen Bennett the very best on his nomination for the PwC GAA/GPA Adult Player of the Year. Both players developed their skills under the stewardship of Séan Prendergast in Bunscoil Bhothar na Naomh Lismore and it is a testament to his efforts at primary school level to continuously produce players of this calibre. Rumour has it that he has another few destined for senior hurling in the not too distant future!
Limerick proved they will be a force to be reckoned with for the next couple of years as they displayed a tactical masterpiece in taking apart the Waterford game plan bit by bit. It was unfortunate and The Déise had certainly played their final against Kilkenny two weeks ago. They simply had no answer to what Limerick brought to Croke Park. Let it not be said that Waterford didn't give everything. From Stephen O' Keeffe's heroics in the first half to a young Iarlaith Daly stepping in early on to replace the injured Tadgh De Burca, Stephen Bennett kept us in it and Jack Prendergast left everything on the pitch but it simply wasn't our day. Entering this final the build up was promising and underdogs or not, Waterford were no strangers to All-Ireland finals. A lot of commentators had written us off and unless a seismic shock happened, Limerick were expected to coast to another title. The third quarter was the most important and it was where Waterford had turned around deficits in previous matches in exciting fashion. However, Limerick remained solid and steadfast and saw out the remainder of the match with ease. We congratulate them on their victory. A sincere well done to all the Waterford players and mentors, to all the supporters around the county who wore the colours with pride and we hope that elusive All Ireland title is not too far away.
The Waterford Senior Hurling team will face the might of Limerick in this years All Ireland hurling final in Croke Park this coming Sunday. It will be a novel paring as it is the first time in history that the teams meet in the decider. Limerick, who won the title in 2018 will be favourites, as they enter this game a more settled team, know each other's role and play very much to their strengths. It will be a repeat of the Munster Final and at times Limerick looked worried in that encounter. Waterford on the other hand are gaining in confidence with each game and totally dominated Kilkenny in the second half of their match two weeks ago. No crowds so less pressure, we hope? Lismore GAA Club would like to wish the very best to our own Jack and Iarlaith, to Ballysaggart players Kieran and Stephen and indeed to all the players and mentors. Waterford certainly deserve something this year and it has been a long time coming. To bring the Liam McCarthy cup back after such a long absence would indeed put smiles on a lot of faces on what was such a difficult year for most.
Tickets for the National Draw are now available for purchase from club officials. It is an opportunity to raise vital funds for your own club. The grand prize will be a Renault Clio V Dynamique car with a further 14 additional prizes. There will also be a local draw for all tickets sold within the club. Tickets are €10 each.
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