Hurling captains to get McCarthy Cup replicas

FORMER All-Ireland SHC winning captains will be presented with magnificent Waterford Crystal replicas of the Liam McCarthy Cup at a function next month.

The world-renowned company this week launched their pieces at their Kilbarry headquarters in the presence of former All-Ireland winning captains and GAA President Sean Kelly.

The trophies will be presented to every All-Ireland senior hurling winning captain from 1921, with family relatives accepting on behalf of the deceased skippers.

Last year the Waterford company produced replicas of the Sam Maguire Cup which were presented to the All-Ireland senior football winning captains.

Among the former hurling captains present at the launch were Tipperary legend Jimmy Doyle, Kilkenny maestro Eddie Keher, Cork’s Gerald McCarthy, who was the youngest ever All-Ireland winning captain at the age of 21 in 1966, Wexford stalwart Dan Quigley and Waterford’s Frankie Walsh, who was captain when the Decies won the McCarthy Cup for only the second, and last, time in 1959.

Thanking Waterford Crystal for this latest sponsorship innovation, GAA President Sean Kelly said: “The world-famous company is one the association has always been very proud to be involved with.”

He added that he had gained the “most profound pleasure from last year’s launch of the Waterford Crystal Sam Maguire Cup replica”.

The company’s manufacturing director Colm McGookin pledged that Waterford Crystal will continue its valued association with the GAA “deep into the foreseeable future”.

Also present were Munster Council chairman Sean Fogarty, vice chairman Jimmy O’Gorman, secretary Simon Moroney, Leinster Council chairman Nicky Brennan, the chairmen of the Cork and Waterford County Boards Jim Forbes and Paddy Joe Ryan respectively and GAA Management representative Seamas O’Brien.

The presentation of the McCarthy Cup replicas to the surviving captains and family representatives of whose who have passed on will be made on August 21 in Ballygarvan, the birthplace of Liam McCarthy’s father.

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