Cork hurling mourns death of goalkeeping legend Creedon

THE death has occurred of former Cork hurling goalkeeper Dave Creedon, holder of three All-Ireland medals and dual championship winner with Glen Rovers and St Nicholas.

Aged 87, he played on the successful Cork three-in-a-row team of 1952-54 after he had retired from club hurling following the 1951 county final defeat to Sarsfields.

A winner of county minor hurling medals in 1933 and 1934, he won a total of nine senior hurling championship medals with Glen Rovers, (three as reserve), being associated with the team which won eight titles in a row between 1934 and 1941 (when he was the captain).

In football, he was on three winning St Nicholas teams, spanning 16 years (1938, 1941 and 1954) and celebrated “double” victories in 1941 and 1954.

Following his retirement after the 1951 county hurling final, he was replaced in goal by Liam Ó Tuama (a future secretary and chairman of the club). Interestingly, after the Glen made an early exit from the 1952 championship, the intermediate selectors coaxed him out of retirement. This, in turn, led to him being called up by the Cork senior hurling selectors and the winning of his three All-Ireland medals (being beaten only once in the three finals).

He finished out his career with Nemo Rangers, playing with their junior team up to the late 1950s.

The removal takes place this evening to St Columba’s Church, Douglas and the funeral will be to St Patrick’s Cemetery, Crosshaven after Requiem Mass tomorrow at noon.

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