During last months trip down memory lane, we went back to the winter of 1972 and the clubs first ever County u21 ‘A’ Hurling Championship win.

This month, we go back 14 years, as we reel in the year of 2010.

Six teams competed for the 2010 Glanbia South Senior Hurling Championship. Carrick Swan, Killenaule, Mullinahone, Carrick Davins, Ballybacon/Grange & Ballingarry.

Swan’s campaign started off on a dreary April Saturday evening in Clonmel Sportsfield where we played out a low-scoring 0-11 to 0-11 draw with Killenaule in Round 1. A last gasp Kevin Lanigan ’65’ rescued a point for the Swan. You can read the match report, from that game, below.

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Our next game, in 2010 was Round 5, which was played early at the request of Ballybacon/Grange.

Round 5 took place in Monroe on Sunday April 18th. We performed well on the day to get our first win on the board. We ran out 8 point winners, in the end, with the goal coming from Stephen Hahessy near the end of the game.

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Our 3rd game was Round 2. It took place in Monroe, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 3rd. A poor Swan performance on the day saw us lose out to Ballingarry. With 7 minutes to go, the scoreline read Ballingarry 0-18, Carrick Swan a miserable 2-04 but a couple of points each from Alan P. Ryan and Stephen Hahessy along with a point for Jamie Power brought us back to within 3 points, but time just ran out. The match report from that game can be read below.

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This result left us with 3 points on the board, after 3 games, and knowing that we needed to pick up another win to guarantee our semi-final place.

Round 3 was a humdinger in Davin Park, where we came back from 4 points down at half-time (0-12 to 0-08) to defeat Carrick Davins by 2 points. 2-17 to 1-18. The goals coming from Dwaine Fogarty 8 minutes into the 2nd half, and Alan ‘P’ Ryan mid-way through the 2nd half. A defiant defensive performance saw us withstand the Davin onslaught, near the end, to run out 2 point winners.

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5 points on the board, and a Semi-Final spot guaranteed with a game to spare. Job done.

In Round 4, our final group game as we played Ballybacon in April, we took on a depleted Mullinahone, in Monroe. The game took place on Sunday June 13th.  A late Jamie ‘Busker’ Sweetman goal was enough to win the game on a scoreline of Carrick Swan 4-09, Mullinahone 2-14. The other goals coming from Kieran ‘Gizzy’ Reade (2 goals), and Alan ‘P’ Ryan.

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Next up for Swan was a Semi-Final against Mullinahone, a game which took place in Kilsheelan on Friday July 30th. In the bookies, Swan were 3/1 outsiders with very few people giving them a chance against the 2009 South Senior Hurling Champions, in knockout hurling.

Boy, were they all wrong. An outstanding display of workrate, determination, defensive defiance, and accuracy up front saw us dispatch Mullinahone with relative ease, on a scoreline of Carrick Swan 0-17, Mullinahone 0-12.

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Part 1: https://carrickswan.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Semi-Final-Mull-Part-1.png

Part 2: https://carrickswan.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Semi-Final-Mull-Part-2.png

Part 3: https://carrickswan.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Semi-Final-Mull-Part-3.png

The vocal Swan support helping the team to victory:

This win qualified us, for our first South Senior Hurling Final in a decade, since 2000.

In the final we took on Killenaule.

Paths to the Final:

The final was played in Fethard on Sunday August 22nd, 2010.

Swan found themselves three points down with five minutes to go but put in a stunning finish to claim our 22nd South Senior Hurling title and first in ten years in what was a cracking final.

Kieran ‘Gizzy’ Reade’s goal late in the 2nd half put us in front, where we stayed until the final whistle.

On the day, man of the match, Dwaine Fogarty scored 4 points from play, as Swan ran out 1-16 to 2-11 winners.

Carrick Swan — Tom Kennedy, John Walsh, Alan O’Sullivan, Gerry Walsh, Martin Russell 0-1; Kevin Lannigan, Johnny Grace, MJ Walsh 0-1; Brian Grace, Danny O’Hanlon 0-5, one 65; Kieran Reade 1-1; Paul Diffily 0-1; Alan P Ryan 0-1; Stephen Hahessy 0-1; Dwayne Fogarty 0-4. Subs — Keith Walsh 0-1 for MJ Walsh.

Captain: John ‘Sconnie’ Walsh.

The match report can be read below:

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The full match can be viewed here:


The match programme can be downloaded from here: https://carrickswan.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/2010-South-Tipperary-Senior-Hurling-Final-a.pdf 

John ‘Sconnie’ Walshes speech can be heard here:

The post-match…and post-day celebrations can be seen below.

Video 1: Dressing Room celebrations:

Video 2: Sean ‘Shaggy’ O’ Shea’s Swan Song. Ar fheabhas 😉

Video 3: Cheer Up The Swan

Video 4: The Monday Club, maybe it was the Tuesday Club sings Slievnamon.

Video 5: The Two Carrick Smashers

The South Final victory saw us qualify for the County Quarter Final where we took on North Tipperary’s Kiladangan.

The game was played in Semple Stadium in Thurles and saw us lose out by 5 points, 1-14 to 1-09, a real IF ONLY game for the Swan in a game that we really could have won.

A bitterly disappointing way to end a superb hurling year.

The match report for the County Quarter Final can be read below:

We hope that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane for the Carrick Swan class of 2010.

Join us next month, where we delve into another Senior hurling year.