|Irish name||Mícheál Bermingham|
|Position||Right Corner Forward|
Michael 'Mick' Bermingham is a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling for the Kilmacud Crokes club from 1951 until 1983 and was a member of the Dublin senior inter-county team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players never to have won an All-Ireland medal.
Mick was selected on the Rest of Ireland Team in 1965. This was like the fore-runner to the All Stars, a team sponsored by the now defunct “Gaelic Weekly”. In 1971 he was selected at right-corner-forward in the first ever All Stars team, Dublin’s first All Star, having finished the season as one of the top scorers. In 1984 he was named on the Centenary Team of players who hadn’t won All-Ireland honours. He was in good company with the likes of Seánie Duggan, Josie Gallagher, Joe Salmon of Galway, Jimmy Smith, "Goggles" Doyle of Clare, Wexford’s Colm Doran and Martin Quigley, Kevin Armstrong of Antrim and Westmeath's "Jobber" McGrath.
Mick won ten club championships, seven of which while playing in New York between 1965 and 1974. He won two Dublin Senior Hurling Championships in 1973 and 1975 and an Intermediate Championship in 1982.
Mick played his first game for Kilmacud Crokes in 1951 and, with a few interruptions, continued to play for the club until 1983, when business pressures put him off the panel. As a juvenile, Mick played in many memorable games, at all ages. He was particularly proud to have played in the first ever Under 13 Juvenile Championships (beaten in the Irish Press Shield final). During the early 1950s he played Scoil Uí Chonaill in the Under 15 Final. He also played on the Under 16½ team that won the championship in 1955.
There was a temporary split in the club in the early 1960s, which resulted in the formation of Dalcassians. Many younger Crokes players left to join the new club and even won a Minor Championship, captained by Mick, in 1960. Differences had been resolved by 1962 and in 1963, with forces joined afresh, a team (boasting a substantial majority of Crokes players) representing the Junior Hurling Board won the Senior Championship and the Intermediate Championship was also won by Crokes that year.
One of the biggest influences on Mick was the great John Howard. John Howard was also one of the reasons Mick didn’t opt to play for Faughs, despite the fact that his father Ned was a committed Faughs supporter and his cousin Mick Gill was a star of the team in the 1930s and 1940s. Faughs didn’t have a juvenile team and, as the young Crokes stars developed and bonded under the guidance of John Howard, there was every incentive to stay put.
In 1961, Dublin beat Wexford 7-5 to 4-8 in the Leinster Final and went on to play Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final where they were narrowly beaten 0-16 to 1-12. However, due to injury, Mick did not get to play in either game.
- Official Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Website
- Biographical Information
- Official Dublin Website
- Dublin Website