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Wednesday 21 November 2018

The Shamrocks roll back the years to 1964 glory

The 1964 county Senior hurling championship winners. Front, from left: Matt Browne, Paddy Shiggins, capt. Larry Byrne, Bill Murphy and Pat Sinnott. Back, from left: Kevin Doyle, Sean Murphy, Padraig O Suilleabhain, Paddy Wildes, Marks Redmond and Tom Furlong
The 1964 county Senior hurling championship winners. Front, from left: Matt Browne, Paddy Shiggins, capt. Larry Byrne, Bill Murphy and Pat Sinnott. Back, from left: Kevin Doyle, Sean Murphy, Padraig O Suilleabhain, Paddy Wildes, Marks Redmond and Tom Furlong

David Medcalf

The gang of 1964 was well represented at a hugely enjoyable night of sporting nostalgia in the Bellefield GAA complex at the weekend.

Surviving members of the Shamrocks side which vanquished Faythe Harriers in the county hurling final half a century ago were the stars of the evening.

Though Jim Hyland was unable to be present for the occasion, Paddy Sullivan, Paddy Shiggins, Matt Browne, Larry Byrne, Bill Murphy, Paddy Wildes, Marks Redmond and Tom Furlong all put in appearances.

The formal speeches were kept to a minimum on the evening as the old timers and their families concentrated on chat, with around 100 people present to join in the reminiscing.

Over supper and a night cap, they were not only free to catch up with former team mates but also to admire the photographs illustrating glory days on the hurling fields of Wexford.

Organiser in chief was Paddy Wildes, very nearly as nimble as in the days when he buzzed around midfield on the pitch. He made sure that there were plenty of pictures from match days past on display in the complex to stimulate the flow of memories.

Despite having no home of its own, the Shamrocks became a real force to be reckoned with in the years after the club was formed in 1954.

They rose rapidly to senior ranks and the title of 1964 which was celebrated on the night was followed by a second county crown in 1969. Efforts to amalgamate the 'Rocks with the Rapparees had no lasting success and the Shamrocks re-emerged on the east side of town.

The side in the green and white hoops is once more a senior outfit after winning the intermediate championship in the season just finished.

These days, they have their own premises at Father Murphy Park from which to launch their renewed bid to recapture the great days of '64.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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