Meelick-Eyrecourt

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Meelick-Eyrecourt
Milic Dun an Uchta
Founded: 1884
County: Galway
Colours: Blue and White
Grounds: The sportsfield
& Buddelagh
Eyrecourt
Coordinates: 53°12′43.02″N 8°05′29.03″W / 53.2119500°N 8.0913972°W / 53.2119500; -8.0913972Coordinates: 53°12′43.02″N 8°05′29.03″W / 53.2119500°N 8.0913972°W / 53.2119500; -8.0913972
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Connacht
champions
Galway
champions
Hurling: - 1 2

Meelick-Eyrecourt is a Gaelic Athletic Association club in the east of County Galway, Ireland,

History[edit]

Meelick-Eyrecourt GAA club is a GAA club which has managed to produce some of Ireland's best known hurlers. It borders with Killimor , Portumna and Kiltormer GAA clubs in Galway and St. Rynaghs in Banagher Co. Offaly.

A club founded in Meelick in the 1880s contested the first all-Ireland hurling final in 1887.

The present club has players from the largely rural areas of Clonfert and Meelick, and the small village of Eyrecourt. These three areas make up the local Roman Catholic parish of Eyrecourt, Clonfert and Meelick, which is a small parish located on the south corner of the Diocese of Clonfert.

Meelick and Clonfert originally formed separate hurling teams. The Meelick club was founded in 1884. The existing club is sometimes cited as being one of the oldest GAA clubs in Ireland.

Meelick competed in the first All Ireland Hurling final of 1887 after defeating Kilbeacanty in the Galway County Cup. The club played opponents Thurles of Tipperary. Thurles defeated Meelick 1-1 0 0-0.

Recent activities[edit]

The club is primarily focussed on hurling while gaelic football has been regarded as the club's second sport.

However, during the 1960s gaelic football was very strong in Meelick-Eyrecourt GAA club and the club contested two Junior Football county finals in the 1960s at a time when Galway football was arguably at its height and at the same time the Galway senior football team won its famous three-in-a-row all-Ireland finals.

Despite having little success in terms of titles, this small club has always been recognised within Galway hurling circles as a producer of good hurling talent.

The club last contested a senior hurling county final in 1980, which it lost. The club has fluctuated between senior hurling and intermediate grades, which is similar to senior 'B' in other counties, since the late-1990s but has still continued to produce many inter-county Galway hurlers at all grades.

Alumni[edit]

A number of players who originally played with the Meelick-Eyrecourt club went on to play hurling for other counties, particularly Dublin, due to emigration in the 1940s and 1950s.

The former Meelick-Eyrecourt hurler Joe Salmon was named on the 'Galway team of the Millennium' at Mid-Field and was joined by fellow club member Sean Silke, who was named at Centre-Back.

Although the competition does not carry the same prestige as it once did, a number of the club's players who played senior hurling with County Galway were subsequently selected to represent Connacht in the annual Railway Cup interprovincial hurling competition.

Joe Salmon played a large part of his hurling career as a member of the Glen Rovers hurling club in Cork, where he worked and lived.

Former Galway minor hurler and Meelick-Eyrecourt player Niall Corcoran, from Clonfert, currently plays on the Dublin senior hurling team and has played several times in the Leinster hurling championship. In 2010 he won a National Senior Hurling League medal with Dublin, playing corner back on the capital's team which defeated Kilkenny.

Sean Silke and Brendan Lynskey are holders of All-Star awards and both won All-Ireland hurling final winners medals with the Galway senior hurling panel in the 1980s. Sean Silke played at centre-half back on the Galway hurling team that won the all-Ireland final in 1980, and Brendan Lynskey was at full-forward and centre-forward respectively when Galway won the all-Ireland final in both 1987 and 1988.

Numerous players from the club have won underage all-Ireland medals at minor (under-18) and under-21 level. Players from the club have also won intermediate hurling all-Ireland medals.

A large number of club players have played hurling for County Galway and a very small number have played gaelic football for County Galway. A number of players from Meelick-Eyrecourt GAA club have won All Ireland medals at senior and underage grades in hurling while playing for County Galway. Galway has never won a senior hurling all-Ireland without a Meelick-Eyrecourt clubman on the panel.

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