On Friday Michael “ Muggers” Larkin, St Patrick’s Close, Kilkenny, in the heart of the Village passed away suddenly. Michael had bravely battled illness for a number of years. One of three sons born to the late Paddy and Nancy Larkin from the Kells Road, Michael was very proud of his roots and grew up with a great love of hurling. His late father was one of Kilkenny’s great heroes of the 1930s, winnng four senior All-Irelands. Paddy also captained James Stephens to two Kilkenny senior championships in 1935 and ‘37. Michael attended St. Patrick’s De La Salle Boys school and quickly made the school’s hurling team with whom he won school’s competitions. He went on to donne the red and green of The Village and played U-16 before lining out to with the club’s minor team to contest the 1965 minor championship final against Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Having captained the club’s Junior team, Michael won promotion to the club’s senior side and was a member of the 1969 senior championship winning team that included his two brothers, the late Paddy and Phil “Fan”Larkin. Michael was proud of his brother Phil’s achievements on the hurling field, the holder of five All-Ireland medals. Earlier in his youth Michael was a prominent member of the St.Patrick’s Boys Boxing club. He also mixed both sporting careers with his membership of St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed band. Michael was often heard to say that he, not only, played in Croke Park but also in Landsdown Road, Nowlan Park,The Gaelic Ground in Limerick, and many other noteworthy sporting venues.
“Muggers” as he was popularly known was never short of a few words and his quick wit and good humour made him a very popular figure with his legion of friends. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by all. He is survived by his dedicated wife May,( they celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2011) daughters, Michelle, Claire, Ann Marie and son, Shane, their extended families and his brother, Phil. On Sunday evening, in a tribute to his long service, his loyal colleagues in St.Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band led the funeral march through the parish, with the hearse flanked by a large guard of honour from the membership of the James Stephens club as his remains were brought to St.Patrick’s church. Michael was laid to rest in Foulkstown cemetary on Monday.