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WILLIE JOHN DALY: All Ireland & Cork Hall Of Fame

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Irish Home of All Ireland Hall of Fame Online Gallery 


Famous Son Of Carrigtwohill & Cork Hurling & 3 In A Row All Ireland Champion Hurler


Willie John Daly, born in 1925 at Main Street, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, was handed a hurley in the cradle and the entire Carrigtwohill localty was entwined in hurling as an essential part of their daily lives. In 1918, seven years before Willie was born, the club had won the Cork senior hurling title and a mighty challenge was laid down for future generations of Carrig hurlers to emulate the men of 1918. That was achieved in 2011 and eighty six year old Willie John was present, as the club bridged a ninety three years gap to the delight of thousands of Carrig fans.


The Cork legend is regarded as the greatest ever hurler to wear the famed blue and gold jersey of Carrig and his feat of winning three successive All Ireland senior hurling titles in the Cork jersey in 1952/53/54 is renowned in the history books. He left his own trademarks with whipping and doubling the sliothar, on the ground or in the air, and he was a true exponent of that great art. Christy Ring and Willie John were the dynamos of the Cork attack in the 1950's decade and at No.10 or 11 in the half forward line, the Carrig legend was a fearless player who disregarded the size and physicality of all his direct opponents.


Munster senior hurling medals, National League, Railway Cup and the three Celtic Crosses, were all medals won in a lengthy career with Cork. In the Carrigtwohill colours, Willie was the pillar of great county junior (1948) and intermediate (1949 and 1950) successes. He also played for his divisional team, Imokilly in the Cork county senior hurling final in 1949, a final lost to Glen Rovers, who had Christy Ring and Jack Lynch in their ranks.

An All Ireland junior hurling medal was also won by Willie in 1947 as Cork beat the London exiles and Carrig were also represented in that final by other notable players.  The Carrig maestro also coached Cork to a N.H.L. title in 1974 and also the Oireachtas title. He also coached his beloved Carrigtwohill from 1979/81.                       


Roll Of Honour:

1941: Imokilly Junior ‘B’ hurling c’ship medal

1947:All Ireland Junior hurling medal

          Imokilly Junior hurling c’ship medal

1948:Imokilly Junior hurling c’ship medal

          National Hurling League medal

          County Junior hurling c’ship medal

1949:County Intermediate hurling c’ship medal

1950:County Intermediate hurling c’ship medal

1951:Railway Cup medal

1952:All Ireland senior hurling medal

          Munster senior hurling medal

          Railway Cup medal

1953: All Ireland senior hurling medal

           Munster senior hurling medal

            Railway Cup hurling medal

            National Hurling League medal

1954:All Ireland senior hurling medal

          Munster senior hurling medal

1955:Railway Cup hurling medal

1956:Munster senior hurling medal

2011: Inducted into All Ireland Hall Of Fame Online Gallery at Fota Island Hotel, Co. Cork, by in December 2011


Cork's famous hurler, Willie John Daly, passed away, aged 92, on Wedneday 29th November 2017. Glorious memories of a wonderful sportsman and person whom I had the privilige of honouring with a "This Is Your Life" SportsLife Tribute Show in December 2011. May the Green Sod of Carrigtwohill rest lightly and peacefully oer his place of rest. R.I.P.

Composed by Derry JF Doody                                                          


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