Dicksboro GAA Club

 

John Roberts

 

John Roberts was born in 1897 in Kilkenny, and was educated at St. John's Boys School.  Hurling practically from his cradle days, he joined the Dean Street Volunteers Club at the age of 14, and a year later went to Dicksboro Club, with whom he played for the rest of his hurling career.  He won the County Junior Championship in 1915 with Dicksboro, and in this year also he played his first major game, a trial in which Dicksboro played Laois at Portlaoise.  They beat Laois in this game, and later in this year, Laois went on to win their first, and only All Ireland.

From 1916 onwards he played regularly with his county, always in the same position, full forward.  His first and only All Ireland medal came in 1922, when Kilkenny conquered Tipperary in a great final.  He captained the Dicksboro team which won the county championship in 1923 and 1926, and the climax of a fine hurling career came when he was selected for the Leinster team for the first Railway Cup in 1927.  In his usual position, he played a great game in the final, and was a big factor in bringing the trophy to Leinster.

He played his last inter-county matches in 1929, but he continued hurling with Dicksboro for three or four years afterwards.  He was also a useful handballer, and regularly figured in the local and county championships for many years.  Always a prominent figure in GAA affairs, he represented Kilkenny on the Leinster Council for some 15 years, an honour which shows the high esteem and trust by which he was held by his fellow Gaels at home.