Ned Power

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Ned Power
Ned Power and Christy Ring.jpg
Personal information
Irish name Éamonn de Paor
Sport Hurling
Position Goalkeeper
Born (1929-11-20)20 November 1929
Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland
Died 15 November 2007(2007-11-15) (aged 77)
Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland
Occupation National school principal
Club(s)
Years Club
Dungarvan
Tallow
Club titles
Waterford titles 0
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1957-1966 Waterford
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
NHL 1

Edmond "Ned" Power (20 November 1929 – 15 November 2007) was an Irish hurler who played as a goalkeeper for the Waterford senior team.

Born in Dungarvan, County Waterford, Power first arrived on the inter-county scene as a dual player in the minor grade with Waterford. He made his senior debut in the 1957 championship. Power went on to play a key part for Waterford in what has come to be known as a defining era for the county, and won one All-Ireland medal, three Munster medals and one National Hurling League medal.[1]

Cheasty represented the Munster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions in the latter part of his career, winning one Railway Cup medal in 1966. At club level he won one junior championship medal with Tallow, having begun his career with Dungarvan.

Following Waterford's exit from the 1966 championship, Power retired from inter-county hurling.

Cited by many of his hurling peers as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, Power subsequently became known as one of the most astute and influential hurling coaches of all-time. He coached Tallow teams at every level from juvenile ranks up and was also involved in a similar capacity with Waterford teams at virtually every level.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Power played his club hurling with his local club Dungarvan and latterly Tallow where the local club grounds are now named in his honour - Páirc Éamonn de Paor

Inter-county[edit]

After an unsuccessful dual minor career, Power's senior hurling career began in 1957 as Waterford made a long-awaited breakthrough in the championship. A 1-11 to 1-6 defeat of reigning provincial champions Cork gave Power his first Munster medal. The subsequent All-Ireland decider saw Kilkenny provide the opposition, however, Power was replaced by Dick Roche for the 4-10 to 3-12 defeat.

After surrendering their provincial title the following year, Waterford bounced back in 1959 with Power restored as first-choice goalkeeper. A 3-9 to 2-9 victory over Cork gave Power a second Munster medal. Once again Waterford subsequently lined out in the championship decider, with Kilkenny providing the opposition once again. The game was another exciting affair and with ninety seconds left in the game Kilkenny were ahead by three points. Just then Séamus Power scored the equalising goal to force a remarkable 1-17 to 5-5 draw.[2] The replay was another great game with both sides giving it their all. Waterford scored three goals in the opening thirty minutes, with Tom Cheasty finding the net twice, to help his side to a 3-12 to 1-10 win.[3] The victory gave Power an All-Ireland medal.

Power added an Oireachtas medal to his collection in 1962 following a 4-12 to 3-9 victory over Tipperary.

In 1963 Power won a National Hurling League medal following a 3-10 to 1-10 defeat of New York in a replay of the final. He subsequently won a third Munster medal following an 0-11 to 0-8 victory over three-in-a-row hopefuls Tipperary. For the third successive time Kilkenny turned out to be Waterford's opponents in the subsequent All-Ireland final. Things weren't going well for Power's side and at one stage Waterford were eleven points in arrears. The men from the Déise clawed back this deficit to two points but an expert display of free-taking by Eddie Keher proved the difference as Kilkenny won by 4-17 to 6-8.

Power retired from inter-county hurling in 1966.

Post-playing career[edit]

In retirement from hurling Power maintained a keen interest in coaching. A teacher by profession in Scoil Mhuire in Tallow, his coaching methods with Tallow GAA saw the club win almost every available county title between 1966 and 1980.

Ned Power died on 15 November 2007 after a long illness. His son, journalist Conor Power, is currently writing a book on Ned Power's life, which is due to be launched in November 2009. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golden era of Waterford-Kilkenny rivalry". The Munster Express. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ McEvoy, Enda (28 September 2012). "Tommy's goals were all in vain". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (29 September 2012). "Final countdown". Irish Times. Retrieved 30 December 2012.