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Odhran's astonishing return boosts St Mary's 'B' final bid

For the second time within four days, an Ulster school bearing the name St Mary's will attempt to power to All-Ireland glory.

Following the gallant efforts of St Mary's, Magherafelt to reach the Hogan Cup final on Wednesday when they were just pipped at the post by St Peter's Wexford, St Mary's GS Belfast will today bid to strike a major blow for hurling in the province by overcoming John The Baptist CS, Hospital (Limerick) in the All-Ireland Colleges 'B' final at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

For St Mary's, who beat Naas CBS (Kildare) in the semi-final, this is the acid test.

And their drive for glory is further intensified by their desire to lift the Paddy Buggy Cup for Odhrán McKenna in particular who has made what has been described as a miraculous return to hurling after sustaining serious brain injuries in a car accident last year.

He will be very much part of a St Mary's squad today that also includes his twin brother CJ, Odhran O'Callaghan, Tiarnan Murphy and Paddy Doyle.

But the team faces a huge task against a John The Baptist side that has already lifted the Corn Thomais MhicChoilm having also reached the semi-final of the prestigious Dean Ryan Cup.

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