John McGrath (Westmeath hurler)
|Irish name||Seán Mac Craith|
|Born||Rickardstown, County Westmeath|
John ‘Jobber’ McGrath (1928–1980) was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Rickardstown and with the Westmeath senior inter-county team from 1950 until 1965. McGrath is regarded as one of the greatest players never to have won an All-Ireland medal.
McGrath played his club hurling with his local Rickardstown club and enjoyed some success. He won his first senior county title in 1953. McGrath added to his collection in 1959 and 1963 when he captured two more county championship medals. He finished his playing career with Lough Lene Gaels(who were an amalgamation between Collinstown, Fore, Glenidan and Mcgraths club Rickardstown), winning a junior medal with the club in 1973.
McGrath first came to prominence on the inter-county scene with the Westmetah minor hurling team in the 1940s. He had little success in this grade. In 1950 McGrath made his debut for the Westmeath senior team, beginning a fifteen-year inter-county career. During this era he enjoyed minimal success with the county as Westmeath were one of the minnows of the Leinster Championship.
- Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).