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'You'd do well to find a more passionate bunch'

Published: 23rd September 2016

In the past, ‘hurling’ and ‘Trinity’ weren’t two words you’d typically put in the same sentence. That’s slowly but surely changing, thanks in part to a successful few years not just in hurling but camogie and football too.

The image of Trinity as a hurling college will get a further boost next week when episode two of the Inside Trinity documentary is aired, featuring first team hurling twins Cian and Fionn O’Riain Broin.

Cian and Fionn are part of the team that succeeded in the difficult task of winning back to back Ryan Cup titles. As a result, this year Trinity’s hurlers will play in the top tier Fitzgibbon Cup.

For Cian, who’s going into third year BESS, the team’s recent good run of results marks the start of a new era. “Both inside and outside of the college there is almost an amazement that Trinity even have a hurling team but now with back to back Ryan Cups under our belt there’s a great sense of confidence in the club. Development officer Conor Laverty has done serious work for GAA in the college.”

Fionn, who’s going into second year law and business, agrees that the perception of hurling in Trinity is definitely changing. “A growing number of students are becoming aware of the success of the GAA teams in the college and in particular the hurling team.” In addition, he feels that the new facilities in Santry are a “massive step forward”.

It was the team’s manager Shane O’Brien who suggested the twins participate in the Inside Trinity documentary. Fionn jumped at the chance. “The opportunity to promote hurling in Trinity was too big to turn down,” he says.

The twins have been hurling since they were eight years old when their mother, a Tipperary women, brought them down to local club Loughmore-Castleiney. “But event before then we would always have had a hurl in our hand pucking around the house,” says Fionn.

Shane O’Brien, who managed this year’s hurlers in conjunction with Dublin senior camogie team manager David Herity, says that the team’s confidence wasn’t the best going into the 2015/2016 season. “We’d won Ryan Cup but had lost a number of high-profile players such as Danny Sutcliffe.”

In the end, however, the team’s determination shone through.

“You’d do well to find a more passionate, committed bunch of men than your Trinity hurlers,” he says.

Episode two of Inside Trinity also features rower Sally O’Brien, who has just graduated in engineering, and Dublin University Ladies’ Boat Club (DULBC) head coach Andrew Coleman. It’s on RTE1, Thursday September 29, at 10.15pm

(Main photo L-R: Fionn and Cian O'Riain Broin)