Castleisland Native is Co-author of Limerick’s Hurling Success Story

Co-authors, Castleisland native, Joe Lyons (left) and Ciarán Crowe pictured at the launch of ‘At Last’ at the Granary Library in Limerick.
‘At Last’ – the cover of the book telling the story of Limerick’s remarkable season by Ciarán Crowe and Joe Lyons.

Following Limerick’s All-Ireland hurling success last August, teaching colleagues, Ciarán Crowe and Castleisland native, Joe Lyons decided to write a book telling the county’s story.

“We interviewed all 36 members of the panel of players as well as manager John Kiely and coach Paul Kinnerk,” said Joe outlining the contents of the book.

Academy Structures

“We also interviewed people who had played their part along the way such as: Joe McKenna and Éibhear O’Dea who were instrumental in setting up the academy structures which brought players through from under 14 to minor and, ultimately, to senior success.

Cumann na mBunscol

“As teachers involved in Cumann na mBunscol in Limerick for over three decades, Ciarán, a native of Limerick city, and I had seen the players from their days in primary school and we had been involved in various capacities with them.

“Ciarán has recently retired after 25 years as Principal of Patrickswell NS. Three of the starting team were pupils in Patrickswell: Hurler of the Year, Cian Lynch, Aaron Gillane and Diarmuid Byrnes.

Launched in The Granary

“Indeed, Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid is now a teacher in Patrickswell as a member of the staff, David Bulfin replaced Ciarán as principal and Nickie was appointed to David’s post.

“The book ‘At Last’ was launched in The Granary Library by Limerick manager John Kiely,” according to Joe.

The book is a 256 page full colour production and all profits from the sales will go to the Limerick players’ holiday fund.

Reprint on the Cards

“The original print run of 4,000 is proving extremely popular and a reprint is on the way. The book may be ordered online from O’Mahony’s Bookshops and collected at their store in Tralee or delivered to a home address, said Joe in conclusion.

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