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In Pictures: Glory for Ballinakill as they make immediate return to senior hurling ranks

Ballinakill celebrations

Over various generations, few clubs can have endured as much heartache at intermediate level as the Ballinakill hurlers.

In the 1970s they lost four finals in a row at the grade before winning it in 1974.

In the 90s they extended that streak even further by losing five in a row before finally getting the job done in 1995. 

After that success they’ve invariably been a senior club, knocking on the door of a big breakthrough. And on the two occasions they have gotten relegated – in 2013 and 2020 – they have come straight back up again.

The current crop of players claimed this year’s Premier Intermediate title on Sunday afternoon when they got the better of Ballyfin in a good contest.

A Gearoid Lynch goal in the opening minute set them on their way and though Ballyfin battled back valiantly, that early cushion was a crucial factor.

In the end they were 2-14 to 1-14 winners and return to senior for 2022.

They also have a Leinster intermediate club campaign to look forward to and will play the Westmeath champions in the opening round.

After captain Evan Dunne accepted the trophy on Sunday, photographer Paul Dargan captured a selection of fine images which you can check out in full below.

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