'One for the record books' - Five fathers and five sons star in remarkable game of hurling
Published 04/05/2015 | 12:48
The community spirit that the GAA inspires was illustrated to great effect over the weekend as five fathers and five sons lined out alongside each other for Portlaoise.
A Junior B Hurling league game against local rivals Clonad created a remarkable story.
With many of their regular starters away for the May Bank Holiday weekend, Portlaoise were forced to start the game with only 13 players.
The referee informed them that they had to start the second half with 15 players on the pitch or the game couldn't continue.
A number of fathers who had travelled to the game were enlisted and a mad scramble for gear ensued.
In the end Portlaoise registered a 2-14 to 1-11 success with five fathers and five sons on the pitch for the final whistle.
"With the long weekend, there were lads away so we were tight for numbers," Portlaoise Hurling Secretary Mary Murphy told Independent.ie.
"We started with 13 but we needed to have 15 players on the pitch for the second half. I remember saying that this is one for the record books.
"I'd say the average age of the dads was around the 50 mark and the sons would all be minors.
"We had guys driving home to get boot and helmets, the wives were on the sideline as well and it was great craic altogether.
"It was a local derby too which made the win all the sweeter.
"Portlaoise would be better known in recent times for their success in football but the hurling club has been doing great work in the background and there's a great spirit."