Wattie Dunphy

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Walter Dunphy
Personal information
Irish name Ualtar Ó Donnchaidh
Sport Hurling
Position Centre-back
Born(1896-03-12)12 March 1896
Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died 11 October 1973(1973-10-11) (aged 77)
Waterford, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nickname Wattie
Occupation Farmer
Club(s)
YearsClub
1914-1936
Mooncoin
Club titles
Kilkenny titles 6
Inter-county(ies)
YearsCounty
1922-1930
Kilkenny
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 4
All-Irelands 1
NHL 0

Walter 'Wattie' Dunphy (12 March 1896 – 11 October 1973) was an Irish hurler who played as a centre-back for the Kilkenny senior team.

Irish people Ethnic group, native to the island of Ireland, with shared history and culture

The Irish are a nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies. For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people. From the 9th century, small numbers of Vikings settled in Ireland, becoming the Norse-Gaels. Anglo-Normans conquered parts of Ireland in the 12th century, while England's 16th/17th-century (re)conquest and colonisation of Ireland brought many English and Lowland Scots people to parts of the island, especially the north. Today, Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland and the smaller Northern Ireland. The people of Northern Ireland hold various national identities including British, Irish, Northern Irish or some combination thereof.

Hurling outdoor team game

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. It is administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has prehistoric origins, and has been played for 4,000 years. One of Ireland's native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie. It shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty, which is played predominantly in Scotland.

Kilkenny GAA

The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. The county board has its head office and main grounds at Nowlan Park and is also responsible for Kilkenny inter-county teams in all codes at all levels. The Kilkenny branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1887.

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Dunphy made his first appearance for the team during the 1922 championship and became a regular player over the next decade. During that time he won one All-Ireland winner's medal and four Leinster winner's medals. In 1922 Dunphy captained the team to the All-Ireland title. [1] [2]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, known simply as the All-Ireland Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the highest inter-county hurling competition in Ireland, and has been contested every year except one since 1887.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

The Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, known simply as the Leinster Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the highest inter-county hurling competition in the province of Leinster, and has been contested every year since the 1888 championship.

At club level, Dunphy played with Mooncoin and won six county championship winners' medals in a career that spanned three decades. [3]

Mooncoin GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the village of Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1886 and fields teams in both hurling and Gaelic football.

The Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in the county of Kilkenny in Ireland.

Dunphy also won a Railway Cup winners' medal when he was chosen as captain on the first Leinster inter-provincial championship-winning team. [4]

The Leinster Council is a Provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders and handball in the province of Leinster. The Leinster Council has been partnered with the European County Board to help develop Gaelic Games in Europe. Leinster Council's main contribution to this goal is the provision of referees.

Personal life

Born in Luffany, Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, Dunphy was the second eldest son of a family of ten born to Richard and Elizabeth Dunphy. He received a national school education locally, however, like many of his contemporaries he later left school to work on the family farm.

County Kilkenny County in the Republic of Ireland

County Kilkenny is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the South-East Region. It is named after the city of Kilkenny. Kilkenny County Council is the local authority for the county. As of the 2016 census the population of the county was 99,232. The county was based on the historic Gaelic kingdom of Ossory (Osraighe), which was co-terminus with the Diocese of Ossory.

In the Republic of Ireland, a National school is a type of primary school that is financed directly by the State, but administered jointly by the State, a patron body, and local representatives. There are other forms of primary school, often private denominational schools attached to secondary schools – unlike their second level counterparts, these primary level private schools receive no support from the state.

The Dunphy brothers all shared a passion for hurling and many lined out for both club and county: Joe, who before entering the priesthood played for Kilkenny in the late 1920s; Eddie, who played in the All-Ireland finals of 1922 and 1926; William, who was a substitute on the defeated All-Ireland team of 1935 and Richard, whose hurling was confined to his club.

Edmond "Eddie" Dunphy was an Irish hurler who played as a centre-forward for the Kilkenny senior team.

Two of Dunphy’s nephews later lined out for their native-county of Kilkenny. Dick Dunphy was the goalkeeping understudy to the legendary Ollie Walsh throughout the 1960s while Joe Dunphy Jnr. captained Kilkenny to back-to-back All-Ireland titles at minor level in 1961 and 1962 before later lining out at senior level.

Playing career

Club

Dunphy enjoyed a highly successful club hurling career with Mooncoin that spanned more than twenty years.

In 1916 he won his first club championship winners' medal following a victory in a replay over fierce rivals Tullaroan.

The club championship was severely hampered over the next six seasons, however, on its resumption Mooncoin faced defeat in the finals of 1923 and 1926.

Mooncoin emerged as a major force in club hurling in the late 1920s, winning three successive county championships between 1927 and 1929. Dunphy captained the side for the last two of these victories.

That great Mooncoin team began to break up by the 1930s, however, Dunphy continued to play for the team well into his forties. He captured two more club championship winners' medals in 1932 and 1936, a full twenty years since his first championship title. It was Mooncoin's last county title for almost thirty years.

Inter-county

Dunphy first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Kilkenny senior team in the early 1920s. In 1922 he was captain of the side when he captured his first Leinster title following a defeat of Dublin. Dunphy later lead his men out in Croke Park for an All-Ireland final meeting with Tipperary. With three minutes left to play Tipp were leading by three points, however, Paddy Donoghue and Dick Tobin of Kilkeny scored two decisive goals to seal a 4-2 to 2-6 victory. Dunphy captured his sole All-Ireland medal that day and had the honour of accepting the trophy on behalf of his team. It would be forty-five years before Kilkenny would beat Tipp in the championship again.

Dunphy won a second Leinster medal in 1923, however, Galway defeated the reigning All-Ireland champions at the semi-final stage of the championship. 1925 saw Dunphy win a third provincial title, however, Galway put an end to Kilkenny’s championship hopes at the All-Ireland semi-final stage once again. In 1926 Kilkenny defeated Offaly to give Dunphy his fourth and final Leinster medal. He later lined out in a second All-Ireland final with Cork providing the opposition on this occasion. Snow covered Croke Park on the day of the final as Cork went on to win the game on as core line of 4-6 to 2-0. Dunphy’s involvement with the Kilkenny team ended in 1930.

Provincial

Dunphy also lined out for Leinster in the inter-provincial hurling competition. In 1927 he captained Leinster to a 1-11 to 2-6 victory over Munster in the inaugural final of the Railway Cup. That game is remembered as one of the finest contests in the history of hurling. Dunphy also lined out for Leinster in 1928 and 1930; however, victory went to Munster on both occasions.

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References

  1. "GAA profile: Kilkenny". Hogan Stand website. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. "Leinster Senior Hurling Finalists" (PDF). Leinster GAA website. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  3. "Kilkenny GAA Bible" (PDF). Kilkenny GAA website. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  4. "Leinster Railway Cup Winning Teams" (PDF). Leinster GAA website. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Grace
Kilkenny Senior Hurling Captain
1922-1923
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kilkenny Senior Hurling Captain
1929
Succeeded by
Achievements
Preceded by
Bob McConkey
(Limerick)
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final
winning captain

1922
Succeeded by
Mick Kenny
(Galway)
Preceded by
Newly created competition
Railway Cup Hurling Final
winning captain

1927
Succeeded by
Seán Óg Murphy
(Munster)

Teams