Mick Bermingham

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Mick Bermingham
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Bermingham
Sport Hurling
Position Right Corner Forward
Club(s)
Years Club
1951-1983
1964-1973
Kilmacud Crokes
Galway (New York)
Club titles
Dublin titles 2
5 (New York titles)
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
1961-1977 Dublin 58 (33-139)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
All Stars 1

Michael 'Mick' Bermingham is an 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.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

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 1974 and 1976 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.

Mick continues to be involved in Crokes and was part of the Senior Team Management until 2005.[2]

Inter-county[edit]

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.

Inter-provincial[edit]

Mick won six Railway Cup medals with Leinster, these include a double (1964–65) and a four in a row (1971–74).

Honours[edit]

Dalcassians[edit]

Winner (1): 1960 (Capt.)

Galway[edit]

Winner (5): 1964, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1973

Kilmacud Crokes[edit]

Winner (2): 1974, 1976
Winner (1): 1982

Dublin[edit]

Runner-up (1): 1961
Winner (1): 1961

Leinster[edit]

Winner (6): 1964, 1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974

Individual[edit]

Winner (1): 1984
Winner (1): 1971
  • Rest of Ireland Team
Winner (1): 1965

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mick Bermingham, Dublin Hurling Legend". Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Mick Bermingham, Dublin Hurling Legend". Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

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