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Kerins' double delight

Clarinbridge's dual star makes history

Published 18/03/2011 | 07:12

Alan Kerins celebrates Clarinbridge's All-Ireland senior hurling club final victory over Kilkenny's O'Loughlin Gaels at Croke Park yesterday.
Alan Kerins celebrates Clarinbridge's All-Ireland senior hurling club final victory over Kilkenny's O'Loughlin Gaels at Croke Park yesterday.

Dual star Alan Kerins completed a memorable feat in Croke Park yesterday as he helped Clarinbridge to victory over O’Loughlin Gaels in the All-Ireland SHC club final to seal a novel double of hurling and football medals.

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Five years ago to the very day, Kerins was a central figure for the footballers of Salthill- Knocknacarra as they edged out St Gall’s of Antrim in the All-Ireland SFC club decider.

Kerins now has three senior All-Ireland medals in his locker, as he also won a Celtic cross with John O’Mahony’s Galway footballers in 2001. And yesterday, Kerins and his brother Mark played key roles in Clarinbridge’s victory as the Galway side struggled early on against their Kilkenny rivals.

In the football decider, Crossmaglen won their fifth title since 1997 by proving too strong for a gallant St Brigid’s outfit.

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