Seamus Power posted a second consecutive 68 at the Horizon Irish Open to put himself right in the mix at the halfway point while Shane Lowry battled hard to ensure that he will be present for the weekend rounds at Mount Juliet.
Power sits on eight-under-par, three shots behind leader Spaniard Jorge Campillo who holds a one-shot advantage heading into round three.
Campillo added a 68 to his opening 65 for a halfway total of 11 under par, one shot ahead of Poland's Adrian Meronk and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti.
After opening with three pars and a bogey, Waterford native Power hit a hot streak with five birdies between the fifth and 11th holes giving the large crowd plenty to cheer about.
The highlight came at the par-five 10th when Power hit a stunning bunker shot to 30 foot to set up an eagle chance that ended with a birdie.
Power would have two birdies and two bogeys from there to ensure a tie for fourth heading into the weekend.
Power, who carded seven birdies and three bogeys in his 68, added: "It was a lot of fun at the end there, Shane holing that putt on the last was as loud a roar as you hear on a golf course.
"It was nice to be a part of it and I was delighted I was able to make a putt after him."
Lowry looked like he would miss out for most of the day, but a brilliant finish led to great scenes on the back nine.
What a battling back nine from Shane Lowry and a birdie on the 18th ensures that he'll be around for the weekend at the Irish Open. pic.twitter.com/5IG98ZutxC— RTEgolf (@RTEgolf) July 1, 2022
Lowry looked set for an early exit until he birdied his last four holes for a second round of 70, the former Open champion rounding off a brilliant fightback by holing from 20 feet on the 18th to the delight of the large crowds.
"It was pretty cool," Lowry said with considerable understatement. "To be honest I'd almost half-resigned myself to the fact that I was going home, packing my bags.
"Don't know if I've ever birdied the last four to make the cut, so that's a first, and I'm just happy to be in the weekend.
"Everybody knows how much this tournament means to me and how much I want to be here. I know it's sold out at the weekend and I know there's quite a few people who want to come down and see me play, so it's nice that I'm here now and I'm looking forward to the weekend."
Also on that total was Padraig Harrington who posted a one-under round of 71.
The newly-crowned US Senior Open champion followed a double bogey on the seventh - his 16th hole - with birdies on the eighth and ninth.
"It's nice when I have to I can make the birdies," Harrington said after his eventful 71.
"I should have been a lot better, but that's kind of a bit like how I've been on the main tour. I feel like I should be up there in the mix and yet I'm at the end of the field trying to make a cut.
"I played nicely today, it just didn't happen early on. Thankfully when I was forced into it the last two holes, I played them well and holed a couple of putts. Sometimes when you're forced to do it, you do it."
Niall Kearney endured a difficult day as he shot a 74, but it was still good enough for a weekend pass with the cut-line falling to two-under late on Friday.
Cormac Sharvin was also in a strong position on three-under-par with eight holes remaining, but a quadruple bogey on 13, when he found both the trees and water, saw his round unravel and he finished on four-over-par.
Mark Power [even par], Jonathan Caldwell [+5], Colm Campbell [+8] and Paul Dunne [+8] missed the cut while John Murphy [+10] and David Higgins [+14} were also towards the tail-end of the field.