ONE of this year’s successful Leaving Cert students from Kilkenny did not go out celebrating on Wednesday night after the results came out.
He was busy preparing for another even more searching examination on Sunday. Eoin Larkin, the Kilkenny senior team captain came through both tests with flying colours. He scored a magnificent goal in the second half of the, generation defining, All Ireland semi-final against Tipperary in Croke Park. The score copper fastened the victory over the Premier county. The result capped a memorable week for the Village man. A member of the Defence Forces, Eoin demonstrated that his ability on the field of play is matched by his desire to do well off the field. The 28-year-old did really well in the Leaving Cert.
And Sunday was also the culmination of a great weekend for the county with Warrington’s Richie Moloney, part of the successful Irish team that scooped the Aga Khan Nations Cup event at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS on Friday afternoon.
For any youngster from the equestrian world, representing your country in the Aga Khan is a dream come through and it was no different for Richie. He jumped clear in the second round of the four man team event helping Ireland to win for the first time in eight years. The result moved Ireland out of the relegation zone of the international premier league and highlighted why he is considered one of the best horse men on either side of the Atlantic.Richie has been competing with great success in the USA for some time and his performance on Friday was not unexpected.
Meanwhile on Saturday evening in the Watershed, a warm reception was reserved for Kilkenny’s four Olympians on their return from London 2012.
Mayor Sean O’hArgain thanked Joanne and Catriona Cuddihy, Darren O’Neill and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe on behalf of the city and county for their performances and for representing Kilkenny with such distinction at the world’s biggest sporting event.