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Ray Cummins: Cork's Dual Star Made Many Records
Ray Cummins blitzed Munster and All Ireland trails from 1969 to 1982 and was selected on the All Ireland Millenium team for 2000 at full forward. This unique selection chose hurlers over many decades to represent the greatest ever hurling team from foundation to 2000.
Ray won an astonishing eleven Munster senior titles in succession from 1969 to 1979. He won football in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Tall and athletic, Ray Cummins came to the attention of Cork mentors playing for U.C.C. in his student days. His boyhood and adult clubs were Blackrock in hurling and sister club, St. Michael’s in football.
He will be fondly remembered for his gracious aerial ability to snatch the sliothar in a cluster of backs and forwards and raising the green flag in a swooping and lightning move. As a full forward, in hurling and football, he had few equals around the small square and was many times the chief architect of many famous victories for his club and county. Ray wore the renowned No. 14 rebel shirt when Cork won their famous three in-a-row All Ireland senior hurling titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978.
In this period he was at his explosive best form in his illustrious career and his presence alone on those famous Cork teams was the platform for victory. An All Ireland senior football champion in 1973, Ray was a giant amongst footballers prior to his decision to focus only on county hurling from 1976.
Career Summary & Roll of Honour:
4 All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals: 1970; 1976; 1977; 1978:
Runners-up: 1969; 1972; 1982: