On Saturday September 21 the finals of the Aer Lingus Etihad International Hurling Festival were held in Pearse Stadium. An accompaning U12 tournament was held in the adjoining Prairie pitch. Castlegar were one of the clubs taking part

It was quite an achievement for the lads to be there in the first place as they had to qualify. The qualification tournament held two weeks previously consisted of a blitz featuring eight clubs with only one qualifying place between them. It was a tough ask but Castlegar emerged victorious thanks to wins over Annaghdown, Liam Mellows, Moycullen and Carnmore.

On the festival day itself they played three games and again emerged unbeaten after excellent wins over Ballinasloe and Cuala of Dublin and a draw against Athenry. The misty weather made things difficult, but these young players rose above the conditions to produce some fine hurling.They got to hold the Liam McCarthy cup on the day and given their excellent performances perhaps it won't be the last time some of these lads get their hands on the famous trophy. Afterwards they paraded into the Stadium ahead of the International Festival Final, and were presented with a commerative trophy. One player from each club got to carry the flag of one of the competing teams in the main parade, Castlegar was represented by Peter Coyne whose performance on the day made him a very deserving candidate.

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