Strong sprin­kling of Wick­low men re­call St. Patrick’s Col­lege vic­tory


38 YEARS to the day since St. Patrick's Col­lege's first ever vic­tory in a Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Hurl­ing League fi­nal, team mem­bers met for a re­union at the col­lege to cel­e­brate the event.

The fi­nal be­ing cel­e­brated was played in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on March 10, 1976 and the re­sult was Car­low 3-9: Thurles 3-3. Car­low fielded a strong team.

Four of the panel had played in­ter­county hurl­ing for Cork, John Collins, Pat Law­ton, Finbarr Crow­ley and De­nis Forde. De­clan Fo­ley had played in­ter­county hurl­ing and foot­ball with Wick­low. Dan Dunne had played foot­ball for Laois.

Tom Han­non had played hurl­ing for Of­faly, John Byrne had played with Car­low and John Burke had won a Na­tional League medal with West­meath .

The Tip­per­ary side was led by Tip­per­ary Se­nior Play­ers Tom Fog­a­rty and Pat O'Neill and for­mer in­ter-county stars Christy O'Dwyer and Sea­mus Ryan.

The game it­self was a thrilling af­fair. A cru­cial sec­ond- half save by goalie John Byrne and a spec­tac­u­lar goal by Ger­ard Hur­ley were the high­points .

The re-union din­ner was a grand oc­ca­sion. For­mer pres­i­dent of the col­lege Mon­signor John MCDon­ald was there as were Frs. John McEvoy and Conn O Maold­homh­naigh. Fr. Gerry Byrne also dropped in to pay his re­spects.

Men­tor and Lo­gis­tics Man­ager Fr.Tom Doo­ley, PP Por­tar­ling­ton, was back for the oc­ca­sion A spe­cial guest was Martin Doogue from Balt­in­glass and Dublin Road, Car­low, who was mo­ti­va­tional coach to the win­ning team in 1976.

A sur­prise vis­i­tor at the din­ner was Uachtarán CLG Liam Ó Néill who had played for UCD against the Car­low team in 1975. His pres­ence was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Fr. Caoimhin Ó Neill, cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the col­lege who hosted the event, had been team man­ager to the vic­to­ri­ous side and in his ad­dress thanked all who had trav­elled from all over Ire­land and from Lon­don for the gath­er­ing.

He re­called some of the great mo­ments in the 1976 cam­paign and the key in­put of Kilkenny stars Liam Chunky O'Brien, Noel Ske­han and Tommy Mur­phy to the fi­nal skills- train­ing ses­sion.

He re­mem­bered three mem­bers of the panel who had died in the in­ter­ven­ing years, one of whom was Fr.Billy Mur­phy from Muine Bheag. R.I.P.

A fea­ture of the evening was the pre­sen­ta­tion by Martin Doogue of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Awards to Fr. Pat Law­ton, Fr. Tom Han­non, Fr. Tom Lit­tle, John Burke and Fr. Tom Han­ley for their ser­vices to Kil­te­gan Hurl­ing Club. Un­for­tu­nately Fr. Tom Han­ley could not at­tend as he is a mis­sion­ary in Chile.

Martin Doogue also pre­sented Fr. Caoimhín Ó Neill with a state of the art golf driver in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vice to sport.

38 years to the day af­ter St. Patrick’s Col­lege Car­low’s first ever vic­tory in a Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Hurl­ing League fi­nal, team mem­bers met for a re-union at the col­lege on Mon­day March 10th 2014 to cel­e­brate the event. Front Row: Fr.John Byrne, Fr. Pat Law­ton, Fr. De­clan Fo­ley and Fr.John Burke. Mid­dle Row: Fr.Conn O Maold­homh­naigh, Mon­signor Caoimhín Ó Neill, Martin Doogue, Fr.Tom Han­non, Fr. Fin­bar Crow­ley, Fr. Tommy Doo­ley. Back Row: Fr John Mc Evoy, Fr. John Collins, Fr. Tom Lyt­tle, Fr. John Mc carthy, De­nis Forde, Fr. Michael Cooney and Mon­signor John McDon­ald.

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