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Myths and Legends

Award Winners and Notable Achievements

Terry Byrne
1972Carlow Hurler of the Year
Cyril Hughes
Carlow Footballer of the Year
 1973Railway Cup Football Winner with combined Universities
 1977Carlow Footballer of the Year
 1982All Star dual winner. Carlow inter county hurler and footballer for over a decade.
 Eamon O’Neill1991Coisde na nOg winner
 Martin Farrell1991Carlow Intermediate Hurler of the year and played over 100 times for Carlow County Hurling Teams.
 Andrew Gaul19944th in All Ireland Feile Skills competition
 2004Carlow Hurler of the Year
 2007Carlow Hurler of the Year. Christy Ring All Star recipient. Represented Ireland in Shinty/Hurling International
Christy Ring All Star recipient. Has already played over a 100 times
for Carlow County hurling Teams.
 Jimmy Farrell
1994Carlow Junior Hurler of the year
 Tommy Dowling1994
Carlow Intermediate Hurler of the Year
 1998Carlow Junior Hurler of the Year
 Thomas Walsh1997All Ireland senior Colleges winner with Cistercian College, Roscrea
 Ciaran Minchin2001Minor and Senior hurling championship winner, both on the one day and on the starting l5 in both games.
 Pat Dowling2002Setanta award winner
 Pat O'Grady2005Junior Hurler of the Year
 Olan Corcorcan2008Carlow Junior hurler of the year
 David English
2012Represented Ireland in U21 Shinty/Hurling International.
Martin Farrell, Paddy Brenan, James and Pat English played on the
Carlow All Ireland B Hurling team.
James Kinsella, Aaron Cox and Declan Foley were on the Carlow
team that reached the Minor Leinster Hurling Final.
 2008/2009 Andrew Gaul, Colin Hughes, Barry Cox and Micheal
Ryan - Christy Ring medal winners for Carlow Hurling.

Terry Byrne "A Hurling Artist"

For the 1972 county senior hurling final, Ballinkillen v. Palatine, the match programme player profile section, amongst other praises, referred to Terry Byrne as "The Crown Prince" of Ballinkillen hurling.
One could have been excused for calling into question the ability of Terry or anybody else to live up to such a "lofty" profile. One need have had no fears, Terry not alone lived up to — but exceeded all expectations, giving an absolute exhibition of pure hurling artistry in that game. In the process Terry scored 14 points (most from play) from his right half forward position: his name being on everyone's lips as they left the county grounds on that sunny August evening.
Indeed his performance is still spoken about to this day, such was the level of excellence achieved. Yet the cruel irony for Terry was - that he finished on the losing side, Palatine having beaten Ballinkillen 4-9 to 18 points to claim their first SHC title.
Terry was a hurler to the fingertips. Being of slight build, he relied totally on hurling skill to get into scoring positions. His ability to jab lift the sliotar when in full flight was unequalled. This, allied to an adept side-step, left many a bewildered opponent trailing in his wake, as the sliotar was sent sailing between the posts. Accuracy was second nature to Terry.
Despite the fact that l972 was his finest hour, I’m sure Terry would much prefer to be reminded of the 1973 final when he featured on the Ballinkillen championship winning side, Ballinkillen beating Naomh Eoin 5-5 to 2-9. Terry scored two points, being out-shone on this occasion by his flamboyant brother Tim, also a superb hurler.
Terry played in two further finals, 1974 and 1976, failing to add to his 1973 win.
Both Terry and Tim were key players on the Carlow county team during that period. Terry played minor hurling with Borris, he also won an u·21 championship in 1969 with Borris.