The great men at No. 3 – now a book about them

Kilkenny hurling historian Dermot Kavanagh has launched a new book on the county’s hurling history.

Kilkenny hurling historian Dermot Kavanagh has launched a new book on the county’s hurling history.

Entitled ‘Kilkenny No 3’, the book covers the lives of the 14 players who manned the demanding full-back position on the 34 Kilkenny All-Ireland title winning sides.The project deals with the club, county and inter-provincial careers of some of the greatest players that hurling has known.

From Jack Rochford, seven times an All-Ireland winner (1904-1913 ) to present day medal laden, Noel Hickey and J.J. Delaney, the career of every full-back who won All- Ireland glory in the No 3 Kilkenny jersey is critically examined.

The project is unusual in that it is the first time that Kilkenny’s celebrated hurling history has been approached through one position, ie,full-back. However, when one considers the quality and longevity of the careers of the players involved, the approach used appears fitting.

The book was recently launched at The Set Theatre, Langtons by County Board secretary, Ned Quinn, who welcomed it as an addition to the ever increasing register of Kilkenny hurling books. He was confident the book would be used as a reference for Kilkenny followers at home and abroad for years to come.