ONLY two Kilkenny schools, St Kieran's College and Kilkenny CBS, have won the Croke Cup, the trophy for the winners of the All-Ireland colleges senior hurling championship.
St Kieran’s are the biggest winners by far in the championship. On Sunday they will be chasing their 17th title.
Members of previous Kilkenny teams who won the championship were:
1948 - St Kieran’s College: Sean Lynch, Willie Doyle, Kieran Crotty, Nicky Murphy, Tom O’Connor, Dan Galavan, Harry Ryan, Lar Dunphy (capt), Tom Connolly, Willie Bennett, Gerry O’Malley, Mick Loughlin, Jim Mahony, Bill Hoban, Dick O’Neill. Subs: Paddy Crotty, Denis Bergin, Donie O’Brien, Jackie Nolan, Tom Vaughan.
1957 - St Kieran’s College: Dick Lynch, Paddy Joe Mahony, Joe O’Donnell, Har Hickey, Michael Ryan, Ted Carroll, Sean Murray, Kevin Mahony, Ollie Harrington, Mick Carroll, Dick Walsh, Eddie Keher, Martin Walsh (Thomastown), Dick Dowling, Tom White. Subs: Martin Campion, Kieran Fitzgerald, Tim Murphy, Humphrey O’Sullivan, Austin McMahon, Martin Duggan.
1959 - St Kieran’s College: Pat Duggan, Ollie Ryan, Sean Creagh, Paschal McCann, Martin Kennedy, John Alley, Dan Kennedy, Joe Delaney, Martin Lanigan, Tom Forristal, Eddie Keher (capt), Leo Kehoe, Martin Walsh (Thomastown), John Nyhan, Richard Somers. Subs: Mick Drennan, Eddie Freyne, Pierce Freaney, Tom Carroll, Patsy Foley, Joe Delaney, Gerry Moylan.
1961 - St Kieran’s College: Patsy Foley, Peter Duggan, Nicky Forristal, Noel Roughan, Pat Drennan, Ollie Ryan, Mick Tennyson, Jim Gannon, John Loughnane, Tom Forristal, Pierce Freaney (capt), John Delaney, Martin Walsh (Inistioge), Rory O’Moore, Maurice Aylward. Subs: Jimmy O’Brien, Pat O’Connor, Tom Holden, Jim Walsh, Matt Walsh, Jim Langton.
1965 - St Kieran’s College: Mick Moore, John Maher, Vincent McNamee, Eamon Tobin, Pat Alley, Michael Cody, Richie Teehan, Ber Butler, Tom Nolan (capt), Tom Holohan, Dick Prendergast, Frank Power, Seamus Purcell, Davy Freyne, Michael Delaney. Subs : Brendan Morrissey for Ber Butler, John Lacey, Eddie Bolger, Martin O’Neill, Billy Tobin, Paddy Dunne.
1971 - St Kieran’s College: John Dunne, Jimmy Walsh, Louis Campion, John Power, Brian Cody, Tony Teehan, Nicky Brennan, Tony Woodcock, Pat Kearney (capt), Noel Minogue, Pat White, Billy Fitzpatrick, Joe Ryan. Subs Martin Healy, Joe Reidy, Martin Gibbons, Des Kennedy, Jimmy Moore, Terry Brennan, Brian O’Shea, Rd Beck.
NB Teams at this time were 13-a-side.
1975 - St Kieran’s College: Richard Marnell, John Ryan, Jimmy Lennon, Harry Ryan, Paddy Prendergast, Michael Cuddihy, Jimmy Prendergast, Declan Fitzpatrick, Gordan Ryan, Kieran Brennan (capt), Seamus Brennan, Kevin O’Shea, Paudie Brennan. Subs Martin Joyce, Michael Meagher, Toddy Farrell, Lester Ryan, Pat Gannon, Dick Dalton, Brendan Broderick.
NB Teams at this time were 13-a-side.
1981 - Kilkenny CBS: Billy Walsh, Michael Maher, Eddie Kennedy, Michael Walsh, David Foley, Tony Henderson, Joe Kennedy, Tommy Bawle, Paul Cleere (capt), Paul Burke, Michael Geoghegan, Michael Lawlor, Brian Young, Seamus O’Leary, Eamon Nolan.
Subs: Eddie O’Leary for Eamon Nolan, Brian Fitzpatrick, Paul Bateman, Denis Dermody, Michael Dermody, Paddy Blanchfield, Andy Ryan, Paul Fennelly, Jim Nugent, Alan McCormack (Stephen Whearty was unable to play owing to illness.)
1988 - St Kieran’s College: Jimmy Conroy (capt), Pdraig Larkin, Declan Forristal, Bob Cody, Pdraig McCluskey, Johnny Holohan, Dick Dooley, Noel Maher, Dominic Bradley, Adrian Ronan, Brian Ryan, Paul Brennan, D.J. Carey, Pat O’Neill, Tommy Shefflin. Subs : Eddie Teehan for Noel Maher, Stephen Lawlor, Brendan McEvoy, Billy Whelan, Bobby Dillon, Canice Brennan, Jack Carey, Marcus Hett.
1989 - St Kieran’s College: Conor Manogue, Barry Power, Michael Holohan, Bob Cody, Jack Carey, Pat O’Neill (Capt), Bobby Dillon, Noel Maher, Philip Carroll, Andy Comerford, Dick Dooley, Timmy Finlay, Canice Brennan, D.J. Carey, Ciaran Phelan. Subs Joe Dermody, Sean Ryan, Jimmy Doyle, Willie Carrigan, Sean Morrissey, Tom Lawler, Tadhg Donoghue, P.J. Delaney, Philip Larkin, Pat Leahy.
1990 - St Kieran’s College: Conor Manogue, Barry Power, Larry Mahony, Brian Hanrahan, Philip Larkin, Pat Purcell, Eddie Dwyer (Carrickshock), Noel Maher (capt), Philip Carroll, Andy Comerford, Canice Brennan, Sean Ryan, PJ. Delaney, Ger Power, Joe Dermody. Subs: Tobias White for Eddie Dwyer, Ted Carroll, Niall Skehan, David Walsh, John Joe Drennan, Martin Carey, Michael Owens, Eugene Somers, Clive Kenny, John McNeena.
1992 - St Kieran’s College: Martin Carey, Chris Foley, Shane Doyle, Nicky Lacey, Michael Fitzgerald, Ciaran Connery (Capt), Joe Philpott, Michael Owens, Justin Hanrahan, Clive Kenny, Liam Smith, Richie Kelly, Brendan Dalton, Ciaran Muldowney, Peter Barry. Subs: Ken Hughes for Richie Kelly, Damien Hurley for Ciaran Muldowney, Lorcan Carroll, James Young, Kyran Vaughan, Brian Cahill, Alan Forde, Sean Foley, Vinny O’Brien, Eugene Somers, Ollie Blanchfield.
1993 - St Kieran’s College: Ollie Blanchfield, Brian Cahill, Shane Doyle, Brian Kelly, Vinny O’Brien, Chris Foley, Joe Philpott (capt), Eoghan Farrell, Damien Hurley, James Young, Martin Phelan, Ken Hughes, Brendan Dalton, Stephen Drennan, Ollie O’Connor. Subs: Kyran Vaughan for Vinny O’Brien, Oliver Carter, Eoin Carey, Pat Comerford, Eamon Delahunty, Derek Delaney, Denis Drennan, Robert Kearney, Rory Moore, Billy Quinn, Barry Ryan.
1996 - St Kieran’s College: Joe Young, Ciaran Philpott, Sean Dowling, Michael Kavanagh, Aidan Cummins, David Carroll (capt), Michael Fogarty, John McEvoy, Toms O’Dowd, Willie Maher, Donncha Fahey, John Staunton, Henry Shefflin, Jimmy Coogan, Podge Delaney.
Subs: Brian O’Shea for John McEvoy, Bobby Aylward, Barry O’Donnell, Eoin Drea, Brian Holohan, Michael Ryan, JP O’Neill, Michael McGrath, Gerry Kennedy, Alan Geoghegan, Patrick Holden.
2000 - St Kieran’s College: Derek Brennan, Daire Connery, James Moran, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Ken Coogan, Jackie Tyrrell, Tim Murphy (capt), Shane Hennessy, Sean O’Neill, Eoin Kelly, Michael Walsh, Brian Carroll, Peter O’Neill, Liam Heffernan.
Subs: Ned Sweeney for Michael Walsh, Ger Prendergast, Patrick Reid, Robert Aylward, Stephen Dunne, John Lennon, Dick Fitzpatrick, Gary Hayes, Enda Cleere, Joe Delaney, Brendan Doyle, Michael Rice, Brian Dowling, Michael Connolly, Michael Drennan.
2003 - St Kieran’s College: James Connolly, Donncha Cody, John Tennyson, Neal Prendergast, Patrick Butler, David Prendergast, John Walsh, James Fitzpatrick (capt), Darren O’Neill, John Murphy, Eamonn O’Gorman, Richie Power, Maurice Nolan, Eoin Reid, Michael Bergin.
Subs: Damien Bergin for E Reid, James O’Farrell for P Butler, Kevin Lanigan for R Power, Jamie Quane for J Murphy, Shane Prendergast for M Bergin, Patrick Hogan, Pdraig Treacy, George Hickey, Philip Walsh, William Norton, Niall McEvoy, Aidan Ryan, Niall Fennelly, Mark Aylward, Richie Hogan.
2004 St Kieran’s College: Patrick Hogan, William Norton, Donncha Cody, Eamon Walsh, Patrick Butler, John Walsh (capt), Neal Prendergast, Darren O’Neill, Damien Bergin, Richie Power, Shane Prendergast, Jamie Quane, Richie Hogan, Niall McEvoy, Mark Aylward. Subs: Jason Dermody for Prendergast, Padraig Treacy for P Butler, Kevin Lanigan for D O’Neill, Philly Walsh for R Hogan.
(Records from the Kilkenny GAA Bible compiled by Gerry O’Neill).