Leinster title for Aaron Kernan
It’s hard to keep a good sportsman down as Aaron Kernan, recently retired from inter-county duty with Armagh, proved his versatility by picking up a Leinster League medal with Dundalk Rugby Club.
Aaron has 10 Armagh Senior Championships, 7 Ulster club Championships and 3 All-Ireland Club Championship medals in his locker alongside 4 Ulster Senior Championships, 1 National League Div One and 1 National League Div Two, an Ulster and All-Ireland U-21 medal won with Armagh. Voted Young Football of the Year in 2005 Aaron has also bagged two Irish News Ulster All-Stars. With his club Crossmaglen Rangers out of competition Aaron, who had a previous small bit of rugby experience, joined Dundalk to keep his fitness levels up as he embarked in a little TV punditry, a reality show since calling what many saw as a premature halt to his Armagh career.
Little did Aaron think that a few months later he would be part of a history making day for Dundalk Rugby Club on March 7 2015. The Mill Road, Dundalk club travelled to Enniscorthy with not one but two Leinster League titles at stake Division One and Division Two against the home teams.
Aaron was part of the Division Two side who beat Enniscorthy 20 -10 to take only their second Leinster title at this grade. Dundalk, the newly crowned All-Ireland Junior Cup winnerS would have been bUoyed by the success of the seconds as they went into battle for the Division One League title. It was the home team who won the match 17-16 but the losing bonus proving crucial in the end as the hosts needed to win by eight or more. The two Dundalk teams that made history are as follows.
Dundalk 1sts: Stephen McGee, Owen McNally, Chris Scully, Michael John McKevitt, Ultan Murphy, Jonathan Williams, Thomas Campbell; Jonathan Gray, Tu’ipulotu Nuku, Robert Farrell, Paul Meegan, Mike Bentley, James McConnon, David Whately, Ene Fa’atau.
Dundalk 2nds: Daniel O’Connell, Rory O’Hagan, Derek Williams, Chris McGeady, Aaron Kernan, James Shields, Simon Byrne; Kieran McCabe, Sean Arrowsmith, Will Lauaki, Robin McGee, Chris O’Hanlon, Laurence Steen, Ciaran Lennon, Tiernan Gonnelly.