Saturday 17 November 2018

Pat Mulcahy is worthy recipient of hurling final man-of-the-match

PAT Mulcahy was presented with the TSB county senior hurling finalman-of-the-match award at a lunch and reception at the Imperial Hotel inCor

Glowing tributes were paid to the Newtown centre-back for his performancewhich did so much to pave the way for victory over Erins Own.

County Board Chairman, Jim Cronin, said that Pat's display could befavourably compared with the best ever seen in a county final.

He went on to congratulate Newtown on what he described as a tremendousachievement for such a small club, adding that, with such a young team,they were bound to be major contenders for championship honours for severalseasons to come.

Erins Own Chairman Micky O'Connor acknowledged that Pat gave a five-stardisplay in the final and that his selection as man-of-the-match was richlydeserved.

He had special words of praise too for Pat's brothers, Donal and Brendan.

``The events of the past week must have made it very difficult for everyone in Newtown to remain fully focused going into the final.

``We all sympathised with the Mulcahy's on the unexpected death of theirfather Dan, but all three of them proved that they are wonderful ambassadorsfor the GAA with the displays which they produced in the final,'' he said.

In presenting the award to Pat Mulcahy, Tomas Mulcahy, TSB, said his performance was truly out of the top drawer as he showed the leadership, when Newtown needed it, which was instrumental in breaking the back in Erins Own'sbrave challenge.

Incidentally, Pat Mulcahy is the 17th player to be honoured as county seniorhurling final man-of-the-match since the award was inaugurated 20 years ago.

The complete list of winners is; 1980 - John Cremin(Barrs), 1981 - JohnBlake(Barrs), 1982 - Ger Cunningham(Barrs), 1983 - John Fenton(Midleton), 1984 - PhilRyan(Ballyhea), 1985 - Jim Cashman(Blackrock), 1987 - John Fenton(Midleton), 1988 - BrianCunningham (Barrs), 1989 - John Fitzgibbon(Glen), 1990 - Richie McDonnell(Na Piarsaigh), 1991 - Kieran McGuckin(Glen), 1992 - Timmy Kelleher(Erins Own), 1993 - Ger Cunningham(Barrs), 1994 - Pat Kenneally(Carbery), 1995 - Paul O'Connor(Na Piarsaigh), 1996 - Conor Hannon(Avondhu), 1997 - Timmy McCarthy(Castlelyons), 1998 - Mark Landers(Imokilly), 1999 - Jim Cashman(Blackrock), 2000 - Pat Mulcahy(Newtownshandrum).

By Noel Horgan