The thunder clapped and the ash clashed in Croke Park as the hurling finals reached their climax in Croke Park.
There were stars aplenty in attendance, with former Dublin midfielder and All Star Ciaran Whelan taking in some of the action and was impressed by what he witnessed.
And there was the Lucan Sarsfields and Dublin hurling star Johnny McCaffrey patrolling the line for St Mary's Lucan in the big match of the day, the Herald Cup.
Alongside McCaffrey stood county minor selector Fintan Clandillon. They lived every puck and tackle as if they were in the action themselves.
The Lucan lads were always going to be well-drilled. Matthew Dunne was in brilliant form. He helped himself to 0-9 in the impressive 5-12 to 1-6 victory for St Mary's Lucan over Belgrove Clontarf.
Captain Herkus Sviglanskus took on the leading role, scoring three goals, with his opening brace kickstarting their surge to the silverware.
The Belgrove braves battled hard. They know what it takes to go the distance having taken the title last year in a thrilling extra-time win over Scoil Mhuire Marino. And in their ranks they had the best player on show as Kevin Byrne did all he could to drag his team along, scoring 1-6.
But even that Herculean effort wasn't enough to reel in the classy Lucan men, who had other great performances from Henry Keogh and Colm Behan.
Arguably the game of the day came at the Hill 16 end when St Helen's SNS saw off the significant challenge of St Pius BNS, 2-9 to 1-11.
Two goals just after half-time was the major turning point, with captain Jack Kehoe scoring a rocket into the corner after a mazy run before Rory O'Loughlin also raised the green flag.
Josh Philips helped himself to 0-5 for the winners. This game also threw up a contender for player of the day. Benjie Bowe hit 1-7 for Pius, with two sideline cuts worthy of gracing any stage.
His goal at the death, a free to the top corner despite the goal line being covered by the Helen's defence, set up a nail-biting finale.
The Helen's men stood firm, however, and saw it out.
The girls also showed off their repertoire of skills, none more so than Scoil Mhuire Lucan star Laura Quinn. The all-action midfielder scored all 4-3 of her team's total as they pipped Scoil Loreto, Rathfarnham to the Corn Bean Uí Phuirséil, 4-3 to 2-6.
Holly Kennedy can hold her head high, hitting 0-6 for the Loreto ladies. In one of the curtain-raisers, the famous Donnycarney nursery Scoil Chiaráin took Corn Dublin Trophies honours over Gaelscoil Balbriggan. Jack Murray showed off his stickwork with 1-3 for the winners.
Also taking home silverware on the day were Gaelscoil Bharr, Cabra, Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Gaelscoil Clondalkin, St Brigid's, Killester, Naomh Olaf Balally, Scoil Mhuire, Marino and Marist NS, Crumlin.
ST MARY'S LUCAN 5-12
Belgrove, Clontarf 1-6
SCORERS – St Mary's Lucan: H Sviglinskas 3-0, M Dunne 0-9, H Keogh, E Dowling 1-0 each, R O'Connor, C Behan, R Moloney 0-1 each. Belgrove, Clontarf: K Byrne 1-6
ST MARY'S, LUCAN – R Maguire, L Monaghan, S Casey, J Rooney, D Pierce, H Keogh, C Duffy, C Behan, C Walsh, D Kelly, J Lawless, M Dunne, R Moloney, H Sviglinskas, E Dowling, B O'Sullivan, R O'Connor, F Breen, O Ryan, C Shanahan, G Nestor.
BELGROVE, CLONTARF – J Costello, C Doran, B Mangan, T Mc Conville, M Devine, M Higgins, C Connolly, A Garvey, J Crimmins, K Byrne, T O'Brien, M Howard, C Dunne, C Mulligan, R Power, F McCarrick, F O'Byrne, A Redmond, D Moreau.
ST HELEN'S, PORTMARNOCK 2-9
NAOMH PIUS X, TERENURE 1-11
Scorers – St Helen's: J Kehoe 1-4, J Philips 0-5, R O'Loughlin 1-0. Naomh Pius: B Bowe 1-7, R Maher, M Russell 0-2 each.
NAOMH PIUS X, TERENURE – S Kenny, P Hollingsworth, L Condon, R Holohan, J Kenny, C Power, S Sarsfield, S Fitzgerald, M Russell, A O'Connell, B Bowe, A Dalton, D Horan, R Maher, S Duffy, P Ward, K Elwood, C McCabe, O Moore F McCabe, M Fitzgerald.
ST HELEN'S, PORTMARNOCK – T McComiskie, S O'Casey, J Quinn, J O'Connell, A Hendricken, R Gibson, C McKeever, J Kehoe, M O'Callaghan, C Archer, A Greer, R O'Loughlin, R Patterson, J Phillips, A Cush, D Dennehy, T Dunne, L Bogle, M Jones-Campbell.
CORN BEAN UI PHUIRSEIL
SCOIL MHUIRE LUCAN 4-3
SCOIL LORETO, RATHFARNHAM 2-6
Scorers – Scoil Mhuire Lucan: L Quinn 4-3. Scoil Loreto Rathfarnham: H Kennedy 0-6, G Wright, S Moore 1-0 each.
SCOIL MHUIRE GNS, LUCAN – R Feighery, K Wilson, L Concannon, L Quinn, L Lawless, C Morris, S Byrne, J Glynn, M Crowley, E Carroll, A Walsh, K Byrne, C McManus, L Dawson, N Doherty, L Sharkey, M McKearney, L Clancy, E O'Connor, S Brennan, A Dunne, S McCormack.
SCOIL LORETO, RATHFARNHAM – C Flanagan, C McCullagh, R Kilmartin, L O'Connor, N Ryan, A O'Shea, O Hannon, O Meagher, A Murray, H Kennedy, L O'Shea, E Tobin, S Murphy, G O'Connor, G Wright, S Moore, C Guilfoyle, L Gray, S Joyce, A Leavy, E O'Riordan, C McCormack.
SCIATH DUBLIN TROPHIES
GAELSCOIL BHARRA, CABRA 13-2
SCOIL DUBLIN 7 EDUCATE TOGETHER 4-2
SCORERS – Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra: S Ó Fearáil 3-0, T Ó Murchú , C Mac Diarmada, 2-0 each, C Mac Anroi, J Ó Floinn 1-1 each, L Ó Nell, A Ó Conchubhar, C Ó Fearaíl, R Fetherston 1-0 each. Scoil Dublin 7 Educate Together: T Brennan 2-2, C Hanly, F Moore 1-0 each.
GAELSCOIL BHARRA, CABRA – C Mac Amhlaoibh, C O Bruachain, S Mac Aboid, S Lago, R O Luan, C Mac Riocaird, J O Floinn, T O Murchu, L O Neill, N O Daibhin, C Mac Diarmada, A O Faolain, J Bedford, S O Flaitheartaigh, A O Conchubhar, C O Fearail, D Mac Neighill, S O Fearail, C Mac Anraoi, R Fetherston.
SCOIL DUBLIN 7 EDUCATE TOGETHER – M Foley Browne, M Mc Daid, O Duffy, L Galvin, F Moore, B Conroy, T Brennan, C Dineen, C Hanly, F Redmond, G Fennessy Carey, M Mc Mahon, I Moore, A Farrell, K Guo, Teilulaith, C Rouse, O Dineen, I Moloney Daly, D Brennan.
SCIATH OLLY QUINLAN
MARIST NS CRUMLIN 3-2
SRULEEN, CLONDALKIN 0-0
SCORERS – Marist Ns: T Smith 2-0, C Redmon 1-0, K O'Connor 0-2.
MARIST NS – M McEvoy, D Redmond, L Mbu, J Lowe, S Carroll, S Bennett, C Redmond, R Redmond, R Milton-Hales, C Deegan, K O'Connor, T Smith, V O'Connor, E Murtagh, S O'Connor, C Barry, M Martin, A Carroll, K Dawson, C Cromwell.
SRULEEN, CLONDALKIN – C Walsh, C Matthews, R Tennant, S Dobrzynska, F Hrab, C Hanna, E Tomney, B Kurtaj, M Wilson, A Rooney, H Rooney, S Graham, G Keogh, J Balogun, T Maguire, (20) J Tiaba, C Cash, K Seagrave, K Deane Doyle.
SCIATH UI NEILL
GAELSCOIL EISCIR RIADA 5-6
HOLY FAMILY NS RATHCOOLE 2-9
SCORERS – Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada: J Mac Gearailt 3-0, E de Paor 1-1, M Ó Laimhín 0-4, J Ó Finn 1-0, A Ó Duinn. Holy Family NS Rathcoole: A Drewett 1-8, J Brennan 1-0, L O'Sullivan 0-1.
GAELSCOIL EISCIR RIADA – S Mac Gabhann, E Mac Giolla Phadraig, J O'Neill, J O Laimhin, N O Fathaigh, J O Finn, J O hUidhrin, M O Laimhin, J Mac Gearailt, J Breathnach, A O Duinn, C Mac Amhlaoidh, R Brant, E de Paor, R Caimpion, K O Cianain, J Brant, T Adebayo, S de Cuirteis, J O Cinneide.
HOLY FAMILY NS RATHCOOLE – O Grimes, E O Halloran, K Sherlock, L Dixon, A Brady, L O Sullivan, M Long, J Brennan, A Drewett, S Kincaid, S Hernon, H Chong, S Daly, D Farrell, C Mc Dermott, R O Halloran, S Maghinici.
SCIATH MHIC PHIARAIS
GAELSCOIL CHLUAIN DOLCÁIN 7-7
OUR LADY'S, BALLINTEER 1-0
SCORERS – Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcáin: S Ó Muirí 5-3, A Mac an Bhreithimh 1-1, C Ó Tonnaigh 1-0, A Ó Murchu 0-2, F Ó Baoill, C Mac Domhnaill 0-1 each. Our Lady's Ballinteer: J Quirke 1-0.
GAELSCOIL CHLUAIN DOLCÁIN – Josh Mac Domhnaill, R Ó Callanáin, D Mistéil, L Ó Suilleabháin, C Mac Giolla Domhnaigh, A Mac an Bhreithimh, C Ó Caoimh, C Ó Tonnaigh, A Ó Murchú, C Mac Domhnaill, C Ó Raghallaigh, S Ó Muirí, F Ó Baoill A Meridith Gregóir, a Ó Dúill, S Ó Bogáin, E Gairnéir, C Ó Conchúir, B Mac Giobúin, B Ó Leathlobhair, L Mac Réamoinn, T Ó Cléirigh.
OUR LADY'S, BALLINTEER – C Morrison, J Needham, B Millist, E Priestley, A O'Leary, J Richardson, S Emmanuel, J O'Leary, Johnny Quirke, Joey Quirke, P Quirke, S Millist, D Cleary, C Minogue, T O'Brien, C O'Buachalla.
SCOIL OLAF, BALALLY 3-3
ST BRIGID'S, GLASNEVIN 2-2
SCORERS – Scoil Olaf, Balally: A McLoughlin 2-0, C Hughes 1-0, J Grimes 0-2, C Shanahan 0-1. St Brigid's, Glasnevin: O Buggy, A Grace 1-0 each, E Byrne, A Farrell 0-1.
SCOIL OLAF, BALALLY – G Shanahan, A Burke, S Farrenden, A Ellis, L Byrne, M Daly, K Nagle, J Grimes, C Shanahan, K Moore, S Hickey, A Cullen, F Beths, A McLoughlin, C Hughes, C Morelli, C O Connell.
ST BRIGID'S, GLASNEVIN – H Cullen, A Fitzgerald, A Hennessy, N Byrne, A Wall, K Hughes, H Bamisedun, O Buggy, A Farrell, K Kennedy, A Alcock, E Byrne, J Dixon, A Grace, S Cullen, G Walsh, S Brogan, E Daly, R Fitzgerald, L Burke.
ST BRIGID'S BNS, KILLESTER 3-7
SCOIL ASSAIM 3-4
SCORERS – St Brigid's BNS, Killester: L McGovern 2-6, J Sherlock 1-0, J Cherry 0-1. Scoil Assaim: B McGuirk 2-0, A Codd 1-1, J Herbert, L Moreau, T Geary 0-1 each.
ST BRIGID'S BNS – A Fitzsimons, T Moriarity, R McGuirk, D O'Grady, O McGinley, E Bridgeman, B Dunne, L McGovern, D Parker, J Cherry, C Baldwin, M Dodd, C Keane, C Meehan, J Sherlock, T Redmond, B McDermott, R Nolan, C O'Grady, R Scully, A Keegan.
SCOIL ASSAIM – T O'Donnell, I McAweeney, J Lynch, M Lodge, L Fox, S Ryan, G Lonergan, L Coakley, T Geary, L Moreau, C Dunne, J Herbert, B McGuirk, A Codd, B Roberts, C O'Hanlon, M Collins, S Cummins, C Keegan, C English, S D'Arcy.
CORN DUBLIN TROPHIES
SCOIL CHIARAIN, DONNYCARNEY 4-9
GAELSCOIL BALBRIGGAN 3-4
SCORERS – Scoil Chiarain, Donnycarney: J Murray 1-3, D Byrne, K Unnikrishnan, A Mostafa 1-0 each, C Jones 0-3, O Nwoke 0-2, C Lambert 0-1. GS Balbriggan: T Ó Gréacháin 2-3, C Ó Biatháin 1-0, R Ó Toimín 0-1.
SCOIL CHIARAIN, DONNYCARNEY – R Burnett, D Samoylenko, T Bitiu, J Ormsby, C Andronachi, K Duggan, D Morgan, J Murray, O Nwoke, D Rotari, D Byrne, J Kelly, C Fagan, K Unnikrishnan, C Lambert, A Mostafa, J Keeley, K Poole Flanagan, E Mogerley, C Jones.
GS BALBRIGGAN – A Ó hEachtairgeirn, O Ó Tuachaigh, R Ó hAilpín, S Houshidari, J Ó Murchú, C Ó Leanacháin, B Mac Tiarnáin, T Ó Gréacháin, T Mac Canna, D Mac Eochaidh, C Ó Dúil, R Mac Canna, P Mac Eochaidh, S Ó Fearnáin, K Ó Fearnáin, C Ó Biatháin, D Ó Foghlú, E Ó hAllúráin, C Mac Mathúna, K Seoige, A Mac Giolla Rua, S Ó Cuilinn, J Ó Nualláin, R Ó Toimín.
SCOIL MHUIRE, MARINO 6-10
ST BRIGID'S NS, CASTLEKNOCK 2-7
SCORERS – Scoil Mhuire Marino: J O'Connell 3-0, C Sheridan 0-7, F McGrane 2-0, M L'Strange 1-2, V Flynn 0-1. St Brigid's NS, Castleknock: S Muholland 1-4, B Proctor 1-0, S Jordan, M Coyne, D Hawkshaw 0-1 each.
SCOIL MHUIRE, MARINO – E Reynolds, C O Brien, J Reynolds Hands, M L'Strange, C Sweeney, C Kelly, C Sheridan, BM Carroll, D Clarke, J O Connell, V Flynn, A Smith, T Allen, F McGrane, D McKenna, S Gollogley, P Gilroy, M Cardiff, A Nolan, A Dunne, H Lynch, E Foley, D Danca, M Preston, D Keating, D Quinn, M McAuley, R Dunne.
ST BRIGID'S NS, CASTLEKNOCK – A Hourican, S O'Brien, K Omatayo, S Windsor, D Schmidt, S Mulholland, J Kearney, B Proctor, S Jordan, J Rafferty, M Coynce, J Gleeson, D Byrne, D Hawkshaw, L O'Doherty C Molloy, R McLoughlin, J Barron, M Healy.