Creator of 'Sam' to add sparkle to trophies

John Knox


John Knox


Creator of 'Sam' to add sparkle to trophies

O'Loughlin Gaels captain, Brian Hogan, shows off the Walsh Cup (SHC trophies), one of the cups that will get a makeover

Kilkenny are determined to add a bit of extra sparkle to the winning of local championships.

Trophies for all the main GAA competitions  are looking a bit the worse for wear, and they are to receive a major makeover.

Master silversmith, Des Byrne, whose workshop  is at Kilkenny Design on The Parade, has been asked to work his magic on the trophies.

“They need to be put back in order,” County Board chairman, Ned Quinn told the monthly meeting of the 'Board. 

“I presented one last year and it was embarrassing the state the trophy was in. When teams win, they like to get the trophy in  good conditions.

“We have to make sure they do,” he added.

Mr Byrne and his then apprentice Dave Byrne created the Sam Maguire Cup Mark II when the original trophy for the winners of the All-Ireland football championship was retired to the GAA museum in 1988.