When you mention Na Piarsaigh, most think of Shane Dowling. The Limerick intercounty forward has been the key man for the city club in recent times, as they won the All-Ireland Championship two years ago.
A serious knee injury ensured that it was a difficult winter, as he looked on at his teammates claim yet another Munster title.
Yesterday in Parnell Park, the 24-year-old was named on the bench, and he was sprung in the second half as Na Piarsaigh aimed to claw their way back into the tie. He made a significant impact, with a truly sublime goal.
Shane Dowling announces his return from injury with a cracking goal! pic.twitter.com/8Ji7aSJHDQ
— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 10, 2018
However, due to the injury, such a feat didn’t seem possible last week, as he revealed after the game.
“The knee was fine. I was saying, it’s amazing what a week can do. This day last week, I broke down into tears at Na Piarsaigh. I did a warm-up, and the knee didn’t hold.
“I didn’t think I was going to make it. That’s obviously why I didn’t start today. I didn’t think a full game was in me. I got a half, and I’m delighted to get through it. Hopefully, I will be back for two halves in Croke Park in five weeks’ time.”
After following professional advice, Dowling sufficiently recovered in time for the Parnell Park showdown. He will be eager to make a full return in time for St Patrick’s Day, when they take on Cuala at Croke Park.