Cork hurling legend Charlie McCarthy and former Limerick footballer John Quane are the latest individuals to be inducted into the Munster GAA Hall of Fame.
McCarthy, who will be honoured at the Munster GAA awards this Saturday, won the first of his five All-Ireland SHC medals in 1966, having also been part of the all-conquering Cork U21 team that same year. He was top-scorer during the 1970 final win over Wexford, hitting 1-9 from right corner-forward.
The St Finbarr’s forward held onto the number 13 shirt during the county’s three-in-a-row success between 1976 and ‘78, top-scoring in the ‘78 final victory over Wexford. He was captain for that particular campaign and rounded off the year by collecting his third All Star.
McCarthy retired at the end of the 1980 season. He finished with nine Munster SHC and four NHL medals. He was also a dual inter-county minor, winning Munster medals in both codes. At club level, he was an instrumental figure on the St Finbarr’s team which won All-Ireland club titles in 1975 and 1978.
“Charlie McCarthy was one of the best forwards ever to play for Cork and played a major role in Cork’s three-in-a-row successes between 1976 and 78,” commented Munster Council chairman Jerry O’Sullivan. “He also had a stellar underage career.”
Quane, meanwhile, was ever present on the Limerick football team between 1991 and 2005. The midfielder, during his first season at inter-county level, lined out on the Limerick team which unsuccessfully contested the ‘91 Munster final against Kerry. His performances during the 2002 championship merited an All Star nomination, while he was a cornerstone of the Limerick team which came so close to beating Kerry in the 2003 and 2004 Munster SFC finals, the latter required a replay before the Kingdom eventually pulled through.
Quane won his sole Limerick SFC medal with Glencunane Rovers in 1991, represented Munster in the Railway Cup on numerous occasions and was selected on the Irish squad for the 1999 International Rules Series
“John Quane will rank as one of the best players never to win a Munster championship, although he was agonisingly close on a couple of occasions,” said Jerry O’Sullivan.
“He ranks among Limerick’s very best footballers. The great playing skills and many achievements of both Charlie and John are worthy of recognition and I am delighted to see them honoured with this year’s Hall of Fame awards.”
Other 2016 winners include Clare’s Micheál Mac Conmara who receives the Special Service Award for his long and distinguished service to Scór; Cork’s Michael Hurley for U21 football, Clare’s David Conroy for intermediate hurling and Jamie Lee of Limerick for junior football.
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