Ó Gormáin lights up the Cumann na mBunscol finals
It proved another hugely entertaining and rewarding day in Croke Park yesterday as Day 1 of the Dublin Cumann na mBunscol hurling finals took place, with 15 titles up for grabs.
With GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl a keen observer, the morning's action commenced with a thrilling Sciath Mhic Phiarais clash between St Finian's Newcastle and Gaelscoil na Camóige, with the latter edging the clash by 2-6 to 2-5 thanks to a late point from Séamus Lindopp.
It proved similarly tight in Corn na Mumhan. Two goals from Emily Nic Lochlainn proved decisive as Gaelscoil Inse Chór edged St Raphaela's by 3-0 to 1-0.
The quality and intensity never dipped as the day progressed, with St Patrick's Hollypark narrowly defeating Bayside SNS by 2-12 to 2-6 in the Corn Marino. Stephen McMahon graced the hallowed turf with a personal tally of eight points.
Carysfort NS fielded a mixed team in the Sciath Oideachas and they proved too strong for a battling Lucan Educate Together, with Rachel Jackson, Amaia Casey, James Hamill, Steven Flaherty, Jake Fuller and Thomas Doran all starring for the Blackrock school in their 7-13 to 0-2 triumph.
The margin could well have been greater if not for some heroic goalkeeping from Lucan's James Scott, with corner-back Oscar Brennan typifying his side's enduring spirit, albeit in defeat.
Scoil Oilibhéir didn't allow a late change of jerseys to derail their ambitions as they got the better of Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin by 2-5 to 0-3 to claim the Corn INTO.
Caoilfhionn Ní Nualláin fired over four glorious points for the winners and while Ruby Ní Conchaille replied with three classy scores of her own, the Coolmine school held on, with Jane Ní Raghallaigh a towering presence at full-back.
Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin's boys team fared much better in their Sciath Pádraig Mac Giolla Bhearraigh decider against St Joseph's Fairview, claiming a 10-19 to 4-7 success.
The contest witnessed one of the finest individual performances in many a year, as Tadhg Ó Gormáin stamped his undoubted class on proceedings from the opening whistle.
Ó Gormáin was a joy to watch from start to finish and ended up with a personal tally of 4-15, reflecting his brilliance over 50 wonderful minutes.
He received great support from the likes of Nathan Ó Broin Mac Gearailt and Jamie MacRuairí, but Ó Gormáin deservedly took the bulk of the plaudits on a suitably positive conclusion to a great day of hurling.