Monday 16th January 2023
On Saturday 14th January at a special lunch in Clandeboye Lodge a presentation took place of the Down U20s hurlers with their All Ireland medals when they won the Richie McElligott Cup with a victory over Roscommon at Breffni Park last May. Along with them were the winners of the U17 Peadar Ó Laitháin Cup from 2020, who due to Covid restrictions at the time were unable to be presented with their winners medals after a thrilling last minute win over Meath in Navan just before Christmas of that year.
The functions was attended by Uachtarán Chomhairle Uladh Ciaran McLaughlin & Diarmuid O’Sullivan who addressed players, team management, parents & Down officials. After their meal Uachtarán Chomhairle Uladh Ciaran McLaughlin & Diarmuid O’Sullivan presented the players with their medals and congratulated them on their success. Diarmuid spoke of how progress in hurling over the last few years within the county had culminated in Downs first ever win at this level for the U20s and that it could mark the start of a journey to further success later on at senior level with the right commitment and belief.