Charlie McCarthy with his award. Photo: Tony O’Connell

McCarthy gets lifetime sporting achievement award

Charlie McCarthy is regarded as one of the greatest ever Cork hurlers. This month he received a lifetime sporting achievement award when he was named Cork Person of the Month for December.

His name now goes forward for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year at a Gala Awards lunch on 27 January next at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

Charlie McCarthy won 5 All-Ireland medals with Cork and captained the All-Ireland winning team in 1978. He is a revered figure in Cork hurling as he is in his beloved St Finbarr’s Club. This year the Barrs won the county championship after twenty nine years. The last time they won it in 1993 Charlie McCarthy was coach.

He was one of the great corner-forwards for club and county, winning 5 Cork All-Ireland medals, 9 Munster medals, 4 National Hurling Leagues and captained Munster to a win in the Railway Cup back in 1978. He also won 3 All-Star awards.

In 2001, to celebrate 30 years of the All-Stars, he was named at right-corner forward in the Supreme All-Star team. Across a 15 year inter-county career, he scored 24-149, a tally that puts him 5th on the all-time Cork scorers list and a record of more than a goal every 2 games. He made his senior debut for Cork in 1966 and won senior and U21 All-Ireland medals that year. That was a special year as it was Cork’s first senior All-Ireland since 1954.

Charlie started his career in 1958 with Redmond’s U15 team and 5 years later transferred to St Finbarr’s. After that he was quickly discovered as a rare sporting talent and picked for the Cork minor hurling and football teams, then Under-21, and on to the Cork senior teams. With the Barrs he won 5 county titles, 4 Munster wins and 2 All-Ireland Championships. In 1993 he also managed the Barrs to a Sean Óg Murphy win.

“When a sportsman’s name and skills remain in the public mind after 40 years, you know you are dealing with a very special person indeed. Charlie McCarthy is such a person and he was always known as a gentleman on and off the field,” said awards organiser Manus O’Callaghan.