This month marks ten years since yours truly started reporting on sporting events in Laois.
And in that time, I’ve witnessed probably around 100 winning captain’s speeches.
The younger the victors are, the quicker and less-memorable they tend to be.
But when Graiguecullen U-14 Feile winning captain Jack Byrne lifted the cup, he produced a speech which will live long in the memory.
After thanking his teammates, his mentors and his opponents The Heath, young Jack did something that brought a smile to everyone in attendance – he thanked his mammy.
The 14-year-old thanked his mother Donna Byrne for all she has done for him in his life to date and it truly was a lovely moment – which you can see in full below thanks to Paul Dargan and the gang at Graiguecullen GAA.
And now Jack will go on to lead his troops in Down this summer in the Feile.
But it is not the only thing he will be doing. As well as being an accomplished hurler with Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe, he is also a brilliant soccer player.
Jack will represent the Carlow Soccer League at the prestigious Kennedy Cup soccer tournament in June.
But more than all of that, he seems like a remarkably grounded young man. Fair play Jack!