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Jack Lynch, Cork: Only G.A.A. Player To Win 6 All Ireland Senior Medals In a Row
In Cork he was known as ‘The Real Taoiseach’ but it was as a hurler he was most revered in his native Leeside. Jack Lynch, born on 15th October 1917 and died on 20 th October 1999, aged eighty two, is one of Cork’s most famous ever sons. His unique record of winning six All Ireland senior medals in - a - row from 1941 to 1946 (football in 1945) has not been equaled in the many intervening decades.
Jack grew up under the famous Shandon Steeple, just off Shandon Street, Cork. He was educated at North Monastery Schools and later at U.C.C. graduating as a solicitor in 1945. In 1966 he became the first Cork person to become Taoiseach, but it was his sporting profile that endeared Jack to Corkonians of all persuasions.
His club was Glen Rovers and he played at a time when the legendary Christy Ring was also a club and county colleague. Playing for Glen Rovers or Cork, Jack was a colossus around midfield and in 1942 he captained Cork to All Ireland glory. The famed Cork team of the 1940's won four All Irelands in-a-row from 1941 to 1944 and the giant of that team was the famous Jack Lynch.
In gaelic football his club was St. Nicholas, the sister club of Glen Rovers, and Jack’s all round abilities as a dual player again shone when in 1945 he played at right corner forward against Cavan. Cork garnered a famous football victory to keep Jack’s All Ireland winning streak preserved in 1945 and 1946 will long be remembered as the historic year of Jack completing his six All Irelands in-a-row.
Jack Lynch was also chosen on the G.A.A. Centenary Team Of 1984 and the Millennium Team of 2000, partnering another hurling giant from Kilkenny, the great Lory Meagher, at midfield. With Glen Rovers he won ten Cork senior hurling titles and also added two senior football county titles. He also won a Dublin county senior football medal with the Civil Service club in 1944 and the ultimate accolade of The Texaco Hall Of Fame was bestowed in 1993.
The memory and reverence of Jack Lynch as a statesman and sportsman is honourably and very proudly preserved by Cork people worldwide.
Derry JF Doody