NOT many players have their hands on a hurley more than Peadar Carton. For Peadar, it’s a way of life. And it’s his job, writes Niall Scully.
Peadar, a carpenter by trade, makes hurleys. He’s based just off the Navan Road in Kinvara, not far from the St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh base.
Business is brisk. The order book contains the names of clubs, schools and individuals. The Bull hurls are proving popular. Many top players are using them. All-Star Alan McCrabbe is a fan.
“Thankfully, things are going well. We are kept busy and I enjoy the work,” says Peadar.
“Over the years, I always had to order my own hurleys from down the country, so this service will be more convenient for Dublin people.”
But so good is the workmanship on the timber that interest has also been expressed from outside the capital. The presence of Peadar in attack is very often like a red rag to a bull. The ash resembles an extension of his arm.
His best game this year came against Craobh Chiaráin in the quarter-final of the Dublin SHC in Parnell Park.
“That was a good win alright,” reflects Peadar, who was O’Toole’s top scorer on the day with 1-5, all coming from play.
“But then Boden beat us in the semi-final. Boden are very strong. They’d have seven or eight subs that would get on most teams in the county.
“They bring everybody’s game up a notch. The championship is getting harder to win and, overall, that’s good for Dublin hurling.”
Peadar will be playing against Dublin for the Dublin Bus/ Evening Herald Dubs Stars on Saturday in Russell Park.
“It should be an interesting game. It’s a good chance for some of the young lads to make an impression,” states Peadar.
A player Peadar much admired, Kevin Flynn, left the county stage this season. “I always looked up to Kevin,” he admits.
And then there’s another role model he can’t forget, the Da, Peadar senior. “I have a long way to go to come up to his level,” he smiles.
“He’s always there giving me words of advice and it has helped me so much over the years.”
– Niall Scully- Evening Herald