Willie John Daly, one of Cork’s greatest hurlers, has presented Carrigtwohill GAA club with gear he wore during his four All-Ireland final appearances in the 1950s. The last surviving member of the great three-in-a-row team from that era Willie John made the presentation to chairman Niall Barrett at the club’s recent dinner dance at Fota.
Willie John won his three All-Ireland medals at wing-forward before lining out at centre back in 1956. He retired from inter county hurling a year later after ten glorious years in the Cork jersey. During that period he was also a regular for Munster in the Railway Cup and made four appearances for the Rest of Ireland selection in an annual exhibition match against the Combined Universities.
Willie John’s years in a Carrigtwohill jersey also coincided with a hugely successful time in the club’s history. He played on the Carrig team that won back-to-back intermediate counties in 1949 and 1950 and famously held Christy Ring scoreless when Carrig beat Glen Rovers in the 1952 senior championship.