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Acknowledgements A Brief Introduction to Hurling 1 Goalkeeper - The Gamekeeper - Noel Skehan (Kilkenny); Seamus Durack (Clare); Donal Og Cusack (Cork); Christy O'Connor (Clare); 2 Right-Corner-Back - The Terrier - Phil 'Fan' Larkin (Kilkenny); Brian Murphy (Cork); Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny); 3 Full-Back - The Gatekeeper - Pat Hartigan (Limerick); Brian Lohan (Clare); Diarmuid O'Sullivan (Cork); Stephen Lucey (Limerick); 4 Left-Corner-Back - The Lurcher - John Horgan (Cork); Martin Hanamy (Offaly); Ollie Canning (Galway); 5 Right-Half-Back - The Sweeper - Pete Finnerty (Galway); Brian Whelahan (Offaly); Liam Doyle (Clare); 6 Centre-Back - The Pivot - Pat Henderson (Kilkenny); Pat McGrath (Waterford); Liam Dunne (Wexford); Seanie McMahon (Clare); 7 Left-Half-Back - The Artiste - Len Gaynor (Tipperary); Denis Coughlan (Cork); Anthony Daly (Clare) 8 & 9 Midfield - The Athletes - Ned Wheeler (Wexford); Richie Bennis (Limerick); Gerald McCarthy (Cork); Patjoe Whelahan (Offaly); Pat Critchley (Laois); John Fenton (Cork); Johnny Pilkington (Offaly) 10 Right-Half-Forward - The Sniper - Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary); Liam Griffin (Wexford and Clare); Johnny Dooley (Offaly); Tommy Dunne (Tipperary); Dan Shanahan (Waterford) 11 Centre-Forward - The Gamebreaker - Joe Cooney (Galway); John Power (Kilkenny); Gary Kirby (Limerick); Martin Storey (Wexford); Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) 12 Left-Half-Forward - The Wing-man - Frankie Walsh (Waterford); Mick Ryan (Dublin and Cork); Eddie Keher (Kilkenny); Gerard McGrattan (Down); 13 Right-Corner-Forward - The Cornerboys - Mick Bermingham (Dublin); Charlie McCarthy (Cork); Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) 14 Full-Forward - The Rock-Breaker - Ray Cummins (Cork); Joe McKenna (Offaly and Limerick); Liam Fennelly (Kilkenny); Olcan McFetridge (Antrim); D. J. Carey (Kilkenny) 15 Left-Corner-Forward - The Fall-Guy - Eamonn Cregan (Limerick); Nicky English (Tipperary); Ben O'Connor (Cork) Free-Taking; The Hurley; Picking a Team; Qualities Needed - Web Survey; Index
From Ballyhea, County Cork, Diarmuid O'Flynn is a full-time sports journalist with the Irish Examiner. His hurling career highlights were junior and intermediate county championship medals with his native Ballyhea. He followed the fortunes of nearby Newtownshandrum with some envy and traced them in his book, Club, Sweat & Tears - The Newtown Story.
'Can be enjoyed at several levels [...] a great winter read, [...] a source of debate, [...] first textbook on the game of hurling' Evening Echo 'Full of wisdom, lore and insight, this is an important and immensely welcome addition to the sporting shelf' Sunday Tribune 'Best hurling book this year' The Irish Times 'Fresh, innovative and enlightening' Irish Examiner