The Emeralds squad
The Emeralds (Urlingford) GAA club under-14 hurling team won Division 3 of Féile-na-nGael this Summer.
Recently the players and club officials were invited into the Tholsel in Kilkenny City to meet the Mayor, Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere in recognition of their great achievement at the big under-age festival of sport.
In a hotly contested Division of Féile, the Emeralds qualified in second place in their group with victories over Raherny of Westmeath and their hosts, Na Piarsaigh.
They also played a thrilling draw versus the Cork team Watergrasshill, who topped the group on score difference.
In the quarter-finals the Emeralds beat a fancied Kilmallock of Limerick while another Munster side, Kilmaley of Clare were seen off in the semi-final.
Near neighbours and Carlow champions, Mount Leinster Rangers, proved to be the sternest of opposition in the final.
However, the young Emeralds side showed class and skill to see off the Carlow challenge to win the Michael Cusack perpetual trophy.
The team and mentors were delighted to be invited to a Mayoral reception to meet with the Mayor of Kilkenny and all had a wonderful evening.
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