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Passing of last Tinryland link with 1944 Carlow Leinster winning squad

posted 19 Jan 2012, 04:09 by

The death in Brisbane Australia on Wednesday 11th January of Mick Hughes at the age of 94 has severed the last remaining Tinryland link with the 1944 Carlow Leinster championship winning squad.

Affectionately known as “Ding Dong” Mick figured on 4 championship winning Tinryland teams during the clubs golden era in the 1940s playing alongside such Tinryland and Carlow legends as Peenie Whelan, John Doyle, Willie Hosey, Paddy Sullivan and Andy Murphy. Such was the strength of Tinryland during that era the club with two guest players representing Carlow defeated Cork in a challenge game two weeks before the rebel county won the Sam Maguire cup in 1945. Reared in Ballinacarrig Mick Hughes attended Tinryland N.S. and was subsequently employed at Reddys of Tullow St. Carlow. Two years after Tinryland won the last championship of that era in 1950 Mick emigrated to Australia  where he finally settled in Brisbane where he was involved in the Hotel and restaurant business.

He always kept in contact with his lifelong friend Tommy Doyle the long serving Tinryland G.F.C. officer and in 1978 he paid his only visit back to these shores. On that occasion he was presented with some uncollected medals from Tinryland’s golden era by Tommy Doyle and the late Peenie Whelan who was Carlow’s captain in 1944.