Cork hurling legend O’Shaughnessy dies

TONY O’SHAUGHNESSY, star of the Cork hurling three-in-a-row side of the fifties, died over the weekend.

O’Shaughnessy was one of the star corner-backs in the game during that period, lining out alongside John Lyons and Gerry O’Riordan as Cork won three All-Ireland hurling titles from 1952 to 1954 inclusive. In three All-Ireland finals that full-back line conceded only one goal, when beating Wexford 1-9 to 1-6 in 1954. Cork then experienced a 12-year famine which only ended when they regained the Liam McCarthy Cup in 1966, when O’Shaughnessy was one of the selectors.

A mainstay of St Finbarr’s in hurling and football, he captained the southside club to a famous victory over Glen Rovers in the county final of 1955 and won a county senior football medal with the Blues the following year.

He is survived by his wife Kay and children Brendan, Michael, Sr Emer, Ger and Clare. His funeral mass is today at noon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the Lough, with the burial afterwards at St Oliver’s Cemetery.

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