Willie Hosey

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Willie Hosey

Willie Hosey

August 19 2015   On this day: Willie Hosey was born 100 years ago on the Hosey homestead at Primrose Hill, Green Rd, Carlow on his day, August 19th. Willie attended the 'Old School' in College Street and later was educated at Knockbeg College, Carlow where he was the best all round athlete, He won a Leinster Junior football medal with the Carlow football nursery in 1933 and in 1935 was selected on the Leinster Colleges inter-provincial senior football team.

Willie married Mary Flynn from Mayo and they have three children William (Canada), Marie Olwill (Carlow) and Kyran (Australia) He worked in the drapery business and had own shop in 138 Tullow St, where Éilis O'Neill had her shop. He then worked in Wexford and Waterford for a number of years before returning to Carlow to work in Haddens.

Willie boxed at featherweight having been introduced to this in Knockbeg and together with Fr. Nicholas Cullen, Graiguecullen Willie established the Tinryland Boxing club in 1938 and was also an accomplished gymnast.

Willie has a unique record in the annals of the GAA - he holds a total of thirteen SFC medals won in three counties and two provinces and twelve of those were won in succession. He even outshines Christy Ring who won twelve Cork SHC medals with the famed Glen Rovers. An automatic choice was Willie on the Carlow senior team, with whom he appeared in 1940, '41 and '42. In '43 he turned out in the Wexford colours before transferring to Waterford where he won five further county titles in a row with Dungarvan.

Willie was domiciled in the Co. Waterford town at that time. Willie was named as one of the outstanding forwards on that historic day in Athy when the Barrowsiders won their only Leinster crown on a score of 2-6 to 1-6. He was corner forward when Kerry beat Carlow 3-3 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

Mention of Willie Hosey Snr brings to mind the achievements of his eldest son Willie Junior who climbed to the position of Irish No1 in the early 80's and who went on to become Irish National Squash Champion a staggering 10 times and a World Squash Champion in the over 35's, 40's and 50's itself an incredible feat, no other player in the World has achieved this.

Following his retirement Willie Snr became the manager at Carlow LTC where he kept everybody on their toes with his banter and knowledge of sport. Whether it be Squash, Badminton or Tennis Willie was always up for a challenge.

Source: Tinryland G.F.C 100 Years History & Dermot O'Brien.

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