Shane Carthy firmly cast away any thoughts of injury, as he covered every inch of the pitch in DCU Dochas Éireann’s home Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup final win in Glasnevin.
The Naomh Mearnóg clubman has been blighted by injury in recent years, but really made an impact, along with many of his Dublin colleagues.
Ballymun Kickhams clubmen Evan Comerford and Paddy Small were also impressive; along with man of the match David Garland from Monaghan; DCU held out to take a 0-14 to 0-7 win over first-time finalists IT Carlow in front of a huge crowd.
Other Dubs involved included fellow clubman Karl Lynch Bissett, Fingallians man Conor Hickey, and Stephen Smith of Skerries Harps.
Mun duo Paddy Christie and Davey Byrne along with Ballyboughal’s Gerry Seaver were among the backroom staff.
“It’s fantastic,” Carthy told Dublin Gazette after the game.”
“I believe it’s the 40th Anniversary of DCU and, obviously, hosting it is an added bonus to be here, and then go ahead and win it against a good IT Carlow outfit.”
Carthy and his St Vincent’s namesake have been Dublin team-mates in the past – but while it was just the Naomh Mearnóg man in action for DCU, he seemed to be omnipresent throughout this decider.
“I was happy enough with my display,” he said.
“I’ve just got over an injury and I’m happy to be out on the pitch. Every minute is precious.
“A Sigerson Cup final is extra special, and I’m delighted to get my hands on a medal eventually.
“It’s huge. You go into DCU and you are made aware of the history gone by before.
“You very much put an onus on yourself and the team and everyone else to continue on that history, that has been quite successful.
“Hopefully long may it continue, and we have just been another staple in that.” DCU had coasted to victories over Queens University Belfast and UCD in the previous rounds, but this was a much tighter affair, with DCU really pushed all the way with the likes of Offaly’s Cian Farrell trying strongly for the visitors.
“Absolutely, the hard work went in not just from Paddy [Christie] and Davy [Byrne] and all the backroom team doesn’t go unnoticed.
“A lot of the hard work was done last October and November, laying the foundations and thankfully it came to fruition tonight.”
Carthy was delighted to get 2020 off to a winning start, and he’s hopeful it’s a sign of bigger things to come over the next 12 months.
“Fingers crossed, I have massive aspirations of getting back into the inter-county setup,” he said.
“Hopefully that comes through. I’ll keep working away, and stick my hand up whenever the call may come.
“We’ll enjoy this win now. It’s been a while since I last had a night out, so we’ll enjoy it as a team, and go on from there.”