A unique event took place in Carrick Swan’s fabulous new facilities at ‘Pairc na nEalaí’ on Friday February 14th.
The event was held as the club were very kindly presented by the Murphy family with their late father Jack Murphy’s hurley which he used in the 1947 senior hurling county final win and also Jack’s medals.
Club Secretary Sean O’Shea welcomed everyone to the first gathering in the new clubhouse and said it was an absolute honour to accept Jack’s medals and hurley on behalf of the club.
He said there was something poignant about the presentation because as we now enter a new beginning at ‘Pairc na nEalaí’ before looking forward it is only right that we look back and remember men like Jack Murphy a man who played with the best and at the highest level with Tipperary and served the club so well both on and off the field of play and was the epitome of what a gentleman should be.
Jack won his first south senior hurling medal in 1944 and last in 1952 and played in three county finals.
In 1946 the Swan were beaten by Thurles Sarsfield in the county final but came back the following year in 1947 for that historic win when they defeated Borrisoleigh in the final a year in which the Swan also won the prestigious Dollard Cup. In 1950 the Swan again contested the county final where Borrisoleigh gained revenge for the ’47 defeat.
Jack won 7 south senior hurling medals in 1944/45/46/47/48/50 and ‘52, his midfield partner was always the legendary Tom Wall who won a senior All Ireland with Tipperary in 1945.
At inter-county level Jack played both minor and senior for Tipperary, there was no U21 level back then and in 1948 Carrick Swan had 8 players on the Tipperary senior hurling panel.
Club President Johnny Flynn reminisced about Jack also and told some humorous stories of times gone by.
Jack’s hurley and medals were put in a presentation made case by Maurice Grace and for ever more they will be proudly on display in the club.
After the presentation all present enjoyed refreshments in the new clubhouse.
Our Minor football game against Ballingarry was cancelled at the weekend due to Storm Denis.
The County Adult Hurling League will commence on the weekend of the 8th of March with round two on the weekend of the 15th of March. We will Knockavilla Kickhams to Carrick in Round 1.
We’ve been drawn with St Patricks, who we play first, Moyle Rovers, and Clerihan in the County Junior A Football Championship this year. The first round will take place on the weekend of March 29th.
Our next u21 football game is expected to be played on the weekend of March 1st.
There is an u16 boys team meeting this Friday, February 21st, in the ‘old’ clubhouse. It is very important that all players attend this meeting.
The Swan club are currently trying to locate two photos to help complete our collection of Senior hurling winners for display in the new clubhouse. The 1936 and 1952 teams. If found please contact any our committee, we will copy the photos and return them to you.
1936 team, Paddy Mahoney, John Dunne, Nicky Connors, JL Sullivan, Denis Ryan, Willie Wall, John O’Shea, Tom Wall, John Smith, Tom Gough, Joe Dunne, Mick O’Shea, Jackie Maher, Paddy O’Dwyer, Paddy Smith.
1952 team, Paddy Fleming, Paddy Grace, Paddy Kelly, John Waters, Michael O’Shea, Sean Dunne, Mickey Fleming, Jack Murphy, Tom Wall, Mick Walsh, Tom O’Shea, Jack Lalor, Mick Mahoney, Paddy Fitzpatrick, John Riordan.
Well done to Anastacia Horan, who won €200 in the Tipperary GAA draw recently.
We’d like to remind members that membership for 2020 is now due. You can buy your membership online, via our website, or via any committee member. https://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp?LL_ID=1239&clb=1
Last week’s jackpot was €11,750 and there was no winner. Four people were just one number off winning or sharing the jackpot. Those four matched 3 and won €50 each. The numbers drawn were 01 – 16 – 20 – 26. This week’s jackpot is a whopping €12,000.
It costs just €2 to enter and you can play through any of our ticket sellers, or online, via our website. Your continued support is most welcome and greatly appreciated by all in the club.
Carrick Swan would like to pass on their condolences to the Coffey family, Ballyknock and Ash Park, and the O’Brien family Ballyknock on their recent bereavements.