Shore set to return to Parnells
The celebrations of Davidstown-Courtnacuddy received a severe jolt with the news that their outstanding defender, Andrew Shore, is on the move again.
Having just brought silverware back to the parish after an absence of eight years with the winning of the county Junior 'A' hurling championship, the Davidstown-Courtnacuddy club has been left devastated with the news that Shore is transferring back to Dublin club, Parnells.
Shore played a crucial role in the club's path to the final, a game that he was forced to retire in having shipped a heavy tackle that necessitated his removal to hospital, so his loss will be a cruel blow as they contemplate life in a higher grade of hurling.
For the second year running Shore is figuring in the transfer news. Last year he received a ban having participated in an English championship game, a suspension that was only lifted on appeal to the mercy committee that allowed him re-join the inter-county set-up for the National League.
The advantage of having Shore was there for all to see as the Enniscorthy District club marched to the title. Now unless they are able to persuade their star asset from re-joining the Dublin club, they will have to enter the 2016 Junior campaign without a key figure.
It's a huge blow to a club like Davidstown-Courtnacuddy, particularly as Shore is joining a club that isn't recognised as a hurling stronghold in the capital, as for all intents and purposes they look upon themselves as a thriving football outfit based in the Coolock and Artane areas on the northside.
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy will step up their efforts to retain the player's services, but at this stage their fight looks a lost one.