THE death has taken place of Glen Rovers and Cork great, Din Joe Buckley, the last surviving member of Cork’s four-in-a-row team of the forties.
In his 90th year, he was the best known of three brothers who represented both Glen Rovers and St Nicholas as well as Cork with distinction. Din Joe actually won five medals – picking up his fifth in 1946 after having played in all of the four winning teams between 1941 and ‘44. He also played in the losing final of 1947.
His brother Connie was the winning captain in 1941 (following which he went to England to work) and the third brother, Jack, won a medal the following year.
Acknowledged in the St Nicholas club history as having carved a special niche for their themselves – and their family – the three brothers between them won seven All-Ireland senior hurling, 25 county hurling championship and five county football championship medals.
“It’s the end of an era with Din Joe dying,” said Liam O Tuama of Glen Rovers.
“The brothers gave tremendous service to the Glen and St. Nicks over a long period, not just in senior but at all levels. And, at one stage Jack was secretary of Glen Rovers.”
Din Joe’s medal haul also included National League medals in 1941 and ‘49, after which he retired. And, like his brothers, he enjoyed success at schools level with the North Monastery, winning medals in both hurling (Harty Cup) and football, making his mark at under-age and minor level before graduating to the Glen senior team, winning eight county senior hurling championship medals.
He played at corner-back, centre and wing-back on the Cork four-in-a-row team, but according to O Tuama, he was best known as an outstanding corner-back.
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