|Irish name||Seosamh Ó Bradáin|
Joe Salmon (born 1931 in Galway, Ireland) is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Liam Mellows in Galway and Glen Rovers in Cork. Salmon also played with the Galway senior inter-county team from 1949 until 1964. He is regarded as one of the greatest players never to have won an All-Ireland medal.
Salmon played his club hurling with his local Meelick Eyrecourt club and enjoyed some success. He also played with the famous Glen Rovers club in Cork. In all Salmon collected five county championship medals.
Salmon later joined the Galway senior team, however, Galway hurling was in the doldrums at the time. The fact that the county faced no competition in Connacht meant that the team went straight into the All-Ireland series every single year. This was not a happy hunting ground for the county.
Salmon first tasted success with Galway in 1951. That year his side reached the finals of the National Hurling League. Galway defeated Wexford and New York giving Salmon a coveted National League medal.
Two years later in 1953 Galway defeated a star-studded Kilkenny team in the penultimate stage of the championship. This victory allowed Salmon's side to advance to the All-Ireland final where Cork provided the opposition. The game itself is remembered as one of the ugliest championship deciders ever and is clouded in controversy due to the injury to the Galway captain, Mick Burke. Galway lost the game by 3-3 to 0-8. After the match at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin a fight broke out when another Galway player struck Cork's Christy Ring. The following morning another fight broke out when another member of the Galway panel attempted to hit Ring. The fights, however, ended just as quickly as they had started.
Five years later in 1958 Galway were given a bye into the All-Ireland final in an effort to improve the standard of hurling in the county. Tipperray provided the opposition on that occasion.Liam Devaney, Donie Nealon and Larry Keane all scored goals for Tipp in the first-half, while Tony Wall sent a 70-yard free untouched to the Galway net. Tipp won the game by 4-9 to 2-5.
This defeat saw Galway enter the Munster Championship in 1959. It was not a happy hunting ground for the county. Salmon retired from inter-county hurling in 1964.
- Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).