Paudie Fitzmaurice

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Paudie Fitzmaurice
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Personal information
Irish name Pádraig Mac Muiris
Sport Hurling
Position Wing-Forward
Born Limerick, Ireland
Years Club
Killeedy GAA
Years County
1973–1981 Limerick
Inter-county titles
All Stars 1

Paudie Fitzmaurice (born 16 November 1949) is a successful hurler from Killeedy in County Limerick, Ireland, who featured prominently in Limerick hurling during the 1970s. Fitzmaurice was part of the renowned team of 1973[1] (when Limerick won the All-Ireland[2]), 1974, 1980 and 1981, including a stint as captain when he led Limerick to success in the Munster Senior Hurling Final in 1981.[3] He is a two-time National League winner,[4] and finished as top scorer when captaining Maynooth College to victory in the Fitzgibbon Cup in 1974.[5][6] His achievements as a player were recognised in 1984 when Fitzmaurice received an All-Star award.[7] Fitzmaurice continued to play competitive hurling for his native Killeedy until 1996.[8]

Fitzmaurice was named manager of the Sligo hurling team in January 2003.[9] but resigned after harsh criticism in May of that year.[10][11]

He trained for the priesthood in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, as did his brother Fr. Willie Fitzmaurice, who also played hurling for Limerick.


Fitzmaurice has a degree in quantum mechanics from Trinity College Dublin[citation needed]. He is a former member of staff at St. Munchin's College, where he taught mathematics, applied mathematics and physics. He currently teaches honours maths, pass maths, junior cert maths, leaving cert maths, applied maths and hurling at Castletroy College in Limerick. Before that, he served as institute chaplain at Limerick Institute of Technology.[12]

Hurling style[edit]

Paudie and his brother Willie were noted for their unusual hurling technique. When striking the sliotar, the Fitzmaurice brothers did not bend their elbows.[13][14]