Portumna collect fourth All-Ireland title

Damien Hayes of Portumna with the Tommy Moore Cup after the Galway club claimed the  All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship for a fourth time when overcoming Mount Leinster Rangers of Carlow on St Patrick’s Day in Croke Park.

Damien Hayes of Portumna with the Tommy Moore Cup after the Galway club claimed the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship for a fourth time when overcoming Mount Leinster Rangers of Carlow on St Patrick’s Day in Croke Park.

The Portumna hurlers collected the Tommy Moore Cup on the steps of the Hogan Stand for a stunning fourth time in nine years on Monday after seeing off Mount Leinster Rangers by 0-19 to 0-11.

Manager Frank Canning had 10 men on the field who played in the club's first All-Ireland success in 2006. Now, to have won four All-Ireland club medals in a decade is a magnificent and wonderful achievement that speaks volumes for the commitment, dedication and skill levels of this squad.

Inspirational captain Ollie Canning (37 ) described Portumna’s journey over the last decade as “ unbelievable”.

“We never dreamed we would be back here to pick up the Tommy Moore Cup for the fourth time," he said.

His younger brother and three-times All-Star Joe Canning ended the game with 10 points, two from play, and that tally was added to by Damien Hayes 0-3, Ollie Canning 0-3, Kevin Hayes 0-2 and Ronan O' Meara 0-1.

It is the club's first All-Ireland title since 2009, and that five-year wait, will have made another St Patrick's Day conquest all the sweeter.

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