Teddy McCarthy

Teddy McCarthy, etched his name in Cork GAA history as a dual player par excellence. Over an illustrious eleven-year career, McCarthy’s legacy extends beyond his eleven-year senior inter-county playing career, making him the only male dual player to clinch All-Ireland senior hurling and football medals in a single year.

McCarthy’s journey began in 1985 with the Cork senior football team, earning two All-Ireland football medals and six Munster medals. Simultaneously, his prowess in hurling brought two All-Ireland hurling medals, three Munster medals, and a National Hurling League title during his decade with the senior hurlers. McCarthy’s legacy extends beyond the field; he seamlessly transitioned into coaching and management, leaving an indelible mark on Sarsfields, Bandon, and as a selector for Cork.

Born in Glanmire, McCarthy’s impact reached beyond county borders. His son, Cian McCarthy, continued the family tradition, showcasing the enduring legacy of a true Cork GAA legend. As we celebrate Teddy McCarthy’s contributions, join us at the Teddy McCarthy Tribute Games on December 9th, 2023, to honor his enduring legacy.

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Teddy McCarthy Tribute News

Remembering 1990

In 1990, the All-Ireland final saw Cork’s hurlers facing Galway once again, marking their second encounter in four years. McCarthy, positioned at midfield, confronted a formidable Galway team that swiftly established a seven-point lead, living up to their favored status. Undeterred, Cork mounted a remarkable comeback, spurred on by the contributions of players like Tomás Mulcahy. The result was a thrilling high-scoring game, culminating in Cork’s victory with an impressive scoreline of 5–15 to 2–21. This triumph secured McCarthy’s second All-Ireland hurling medal.

Merely two weeks later, McCarthy returned to the hallowed grounds of Croke Park for the All-Ireland football final. Squaring off against perennial rivals Meath in their third meeting in four years, Cork found themselves in another closely contested battle. Despite the dismissal of Colm O’Neill, reducing Cork to fourteen men, McCarthy played a pivotal role in steering his team to victory with a narrow 0–11 to 0–9 scoreline. This historic achievement cemented McCarthy’s legacy, as he became the inaugural and, as of 2023, the sole player to achieve the extraordinary feat of winning All-Ireland football and hurling medals in the same season, forever etching his name into the storied pages of GAA history.

In a heartfelt tribute to the late Teddy McCarthy, Cork GAA has organized the Teddy McCarthy Tribute Night scheduled for December 9th. This poignant evening will honor Teddy’s enduring legacy, with both Cork Footballers facing Meath and Cork Hurlers taking on Galway. These two significant games serve as a respectful nod to the teams Teddy played against in the All-Ireland finals of 1990. The event not only commemorates a Cork GAA icon but also unites fans in celebrating Teddy’s contributions to both football and hurling, creating a fitting and memorable tribute night in his honor.

Teddy’s Achievements

Teddy won Four All-Ireland Senior medals, 10 Munster Championships, 2 National League medals, 3 Under 21 Football medals, 2 senior County football titles with Imokily, an Intermediate Football Title with Glanmire and two Harty cup medals with the North Monastery college. Teddy won an All Star and was also footballer of the year in 1989. Teddy was a selector with Sarsfields senior team in 2008 when Sarsfields won their first senior hurling title for 51 years. Teddy also represented his country in the compromise rules series in Australia in 1986.

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