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Tommy Quaid - One Of Limerick's Greatest Ever Goalkeepers
Limerick have a proud tradition of producing some of hurling’s greatest goalkeepers and 1940’s All Ireland goalie, Paddy Scanlon, was in his prime years, rated as the No.1 keeper of the decade. The Quaid clan have been associated with Limerick hurling through the decades and foremost in that family, was the late and great, Tommy Quaid. He held Limerick’s last line of defence for 18 years.. 1975-1993 and it was during that period he became known all over Ireland, as another famous Limerick goalkeeper.
In 1998 the Charleville, Co. Cork born player had his life wiped out resulting from a tragic work accident at Charleville. He took over coaching the Limerick intermediate hurling team for the 1998 season, won a Munster title with 38 year old Ciarán Carey at full back. On the day his team played Kilkenny in the 1998 All Ireland intermediate final, Tommy lost his battle for life.
The Quaid family moved from Charleville to Feoghanagh in West Limerick when Tommy was just three years old. At primary and post primary schools, he was a stand out hurler as an outfield forward player and his transition to an inter county goalkeeper, was mainly reserved for Limerick teams.With Limerick minors for two years as goalkeeper, no silverware was won. Promotion to under 21 grade had similar innings and at twenty he made his senior debut in the 1975 National Hurling League quarter final game V Kilkenny.
The occasion was not a successful venture as Tommy leaked crucial goals. His selectors kept faith and from 1976 until his 1993 retirement, Tommy Quaid never let his side down. 1980 was a milestone year as Limerick won Munster and lost to Galway in the All Ireland final. In 1981 Limerick retained their Munster title but lost to Offaly in an All Ireland semi final replay. The following years in the Munster championship were mostly dominated by Cork, but in 1984, Tommy and Limerick won the National Hurling League. In 1985 Limerick retained the League title and Tommy Quaid would also claim his third N.H.L. medal in 1992. After the 1993 Munster Championship and after 18 consecutive years as Limerick custodian, he announced his retirement.
2 Munster Senior medals 1980/1981
3 N.H.L. medals 1984/85/92
4 Railway Cup medals 1981/84/85/92
Poc Fada 1991 Singles Champion
Pairs completion 1983/86/90/91
Tommy Quaid Perpetual Golf Cup: Launched in 2008
Composed by Derry JF Doody