Add Daly and McCarthy to Your Local Rugby Greats List

Jack Daly at An Riocht AC Gym 10/12/2015
Hearing Ireland’s Call: Jack Daly working out in the gym at An Riocht Health and Leisure Club in December.
©Photograph: John Reidy

People in the know have been talking about and predicting great things for another rising star in the world of Irish rugby for the past couple of years.
Their talk was well placed and their predictions spot on. It has been announced that Currans teenager, Jack Daly has been selected to the Irish U-18 Rugby squad.
Someone will, eventually, commission an indepth survey into how the Currow / Currans region of our neighbourhood keeps on turning out rugby players of such calibre both male and female.
Two local and neighbouring Castleisland clubs have sent their messages of congratulations to Jack Daly and his family.
Castleisland RFC posted: “The news just keeps getting better, Jack Daly has been selected on the Irish U-18s team. A great honour for Jack, his family and our club.”

 Seán McCarthy pictured on a triumphant return to Castleisland during his basketball days.  ©Photograph:  John Reidy
Seán McCarthy pictured on a triumphant return to Castleisland during his basketball days.
©Photograph: John Reidy

The nearby An Riocht AC – where Jack does his weight training – also send its congratulations with the following: “Massive well done to Jack Daly from all at An Riocht , hard work pays off.”
The good news doesn’t end there either as Currow youth Seán McCarthy is also on the verge of a major breakthrough in Munster rugby circles.
According to Munster Rugby News, Sean McCarthy is the third up-and-coming player to advance to the senior squad next season, joining academy colleagues Rory Scannell and David Johnston in gaining promotion to the senior ranks.
The 22-year-old will commence a one-year development contract at the start of the 2016/17 season.
A native of Currow, McCarthy has made 12 appearances for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup and has started every game of this season’s campaign.
The Shannon clubman represented the Ireland U20s on 7 occasions during the 2012/13 season.
With JJ Hanrahan, that makes three players from within a few miles of each other currently playing the game at that high level and all with the potential and promise to go further.
Congratulations to them all and may every road rise with them.