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07 Dec 2021

Game on! Michael Lyng Motors and the Kilkenny sporting connection

KILKENNY

Tullaroan captain Shane Walsh lifts the Hanrahan Cup with delight after his club won the 2019 Kilkenny intermediate hurling county final. Michael Lyng Motors have sponsored the grade since 2010

Sport and motoring go hand in hand at Michael Lyng Motors, who have been at the forefront of supporting the county’s sports stars over the years.

The connection goes back to well before Michael Lyng Motors was even formed. In the 1970s, a young Michael Lyng made a little history for the Rower-Inistioge when he became the first club representative to captain Kilkenny to victory in the under-21 All-Ireland hurling final in 1977.

Lining out at centre-forward, Lyng led a talented Cats team to a 2-9 to 1-9 win over Cork at Semple Stadium.
Sporting spirit

That sporting spirit has remained with Lyng throughout the years and has developed into a strong involvement with sport and GAA and local community.

Kilkenny star Richie Hogan and Neil Lyng

“All my family are huge sport fans especially GAA,” said Michael. “From 1997 to 2009 we sponsored the Kilkenny under-21 club hurling championship and between 2004 and 2008 we were the sponsors of the Kilkenny Club All-Stars.

Drawing on inspiration from the intercounty awards, the Lyng All-Stars saw players from the three adult hurling grades - junior, intermediate and senior - picked to form a team of the best 15 Kilkenny club players from that year’s championships.

The competition was a big hit in the county, with the overall player of the year receiving the use of a car for a year. Over the course of the five years, in what a golden era for the game in the county, the overall Hurler of the Year award winners were Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens), TJ Reid (Shamrocks), James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (Shamrocks) and Brian McEvoy (James Stephens).

Since 2010 Michael Lyng Motors Hyundai have been proud sponsors of the Kilkenny intermediate hurling championship.
Michael Lyng Motors were the first car dealer in Kilkenny to sponsor an intercounty player.

“Back in 2004 we supplied young Tommy Walsh with a brand-new Mitsubishi Colt,” said Michael, recalling the link with one of Kilkenny’s all-time greats. “Noel Hickey was also a brand ambassador from 2006 to 2008.

The sporting link is carried into Michael’s sponsorship of his beloved Rower-Inistioge, while Michael Lyng Motors Hyundai are the proud flag bearers for the Kilkenny senior camogie championship, the top level in the county.

Pround Kilkenny man - Michael Lyng pictured in his office with a signed Kilkenny jersey framed on the wall

He also has brand ambassadors in senior hurling stars Richie Hogan for Ford and Walter Walsh for Hyundai, with golfer Luke Donnelly also driving Lyng-branded vehicles.

For the record, the 1977 Kilkenny under-21 team that won the All-Ireland was: Eddie Mahon, Jim Lennon, John Henderson, Paddy Prendergast, Joe Hennessy, Dick O’Hara, Richie Reid, Paudie Lannon, Murty Kennedy, Richie Power, Michael Lyng (capt), Brian Waldron, Brendan Fennelly, Ger Tyrrell, Joe Wall. Subs: Kieran Brennan, Gerry Stapleton, Harry Ryan, Anthony Bergin, Josie O’Brien, Michael Dempsey, Frank Holohan, Anthony O’Driscoll, Jim Coady, John Power, Christy Heffernan.

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