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Lisdowney GAA Club History

(This is an extract from the History of Lisdowney GAA Club from the club website)

In 1939 the present Lisdowney G.A.A. Club was formed with the founder members being Jim Fogarty and Paddy Coady, both deceased. The young Lisdowney lads were reinforced by players from the old Ballyconra team – the McEvoys, Ivorys, Jack Costigan and Lar Carroll of Ballinaslee.

A hurling team had been formed in Lisdowney around the 1918/’19 period, being made up mostly of players from Lisdowney and some from Ballyragget.

During the late 1920’s there was a hurling team in Gathabawn. Some of the prominent players were: Larry and John Donnelly, Sylvester, Tommy and Fr. John Mackey, Ned and Kieran Fitzpatrick, Jimmy and Mick Lalor, Michael Purcell, Lotty Fitzpatrick, Fr. Jack Fitzpatrick, Joe ‘Gaff’ Dooley, Clew Shortall, Billy Grogan, Paddy Doheny, Tom Grace and Paddy Carey. In the late 1940’s the late Jack Stapleton of Ballylehane lined out with Galmoy who had many great tussles with Lisdowney in that era.

In the 1970’s another team from Gathabawn took part in the junior championship.
In the 1933-’36 period the Ballyconra hurling club existed and took part in the junior county championship of that era. After a few near successes at minor and junior levels the club disbanded in 1936 due to shortage of players caused by emigration.

In 1942 a good Lisdowney team reached the county junior hurling final, having beaten James Stephens in the Northern final, but losing out to Mooncoin in the final.

Lisdowney continued to be a force and were beaten in the Northern junior finals of 1946 by Graigue, 1949 by Young Ireland’s, 1953 by Foulkstown, in 1955 by Ballyragget and Galmoy the following year. Then in 1959 Lisdowney went down to Thomastown in the county minor hurling final.

Given that catalogue of final defeat the club was certainly due a change of fortune. And that came about in 1960 Lisdowney made the breakthrough beating Knocktopher in the county junior hurling final.

That Lisdowney team was: M. Moylan (goal), John Fogarty, Ber Drennan, Mick Gannon, Ned Murphy, Ted Carroll, Paddy Grace, Martin Ryan, Jim Delaney, Mick Blanchfield, Mick Carroll, Richard Mackey, Dick Blanchfield, Jimmy Ryan and Mick Henderson.

In 1962 Lisdowney went all the way to the county senior county championship final only to lose out to Bennettsbridge on a scoreline of 5-7 to 2-8.

The late Ted Carroll came onto the Kilkenny team which won the All-Ireland senior title of 1963 while clubmate Dick Blanchfield joined Ted on the All-Ireland winning side of 1967.
Ted Carroll was voted man of the match in Kilkenny’s All-Ireland victory over Cork in 1969 and was also named Texaco Player of the Year.

A former St. Kieran’s College star, winning an All-Ireland senior medal with the Kilkenny nursery in 1957, Ted played in all six back positions at one time or another, but it was a right full back and centre back that he is best remembered as a hurler.

He won Railway Cup honours in 1965 and a National League medal with Kilkenny in 1966-’67.
Ted Carroll was noted for his tight marking style, excellent anticipation and skilful stickwork.
Ted, who died suddenly a number of years ago, went on to become Kilkenny County Board secretary – a proud distinction for the Lisdowney club he had served so loyally. He had previously served as Northern Board chairman.

Another Lisdowney clubman, the late Bill Kenny was also an All-Ireland senior medal winner with Kilkenny.

With the re-introduction of the Intermediate grade in Kilkenny in the mid-1970’s, Lisdowney regraded to Intermediate and reached the final of ’78 in the grade, losing out to O’Loughlin Gaels by 2-21 to 4-7.