Dicksboro GAA Club

 

Matty Power

 

Matty Power remains Dicksboro's most decorated player.  For about 16 years his name dominated hurling in Kilkenny, in Leinster, and indeed in Ireland, and his medal collection surpasses that of any other Dicksboro player while his twelve Leinster SH medals remains a record.
He was born in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny in Oct, 1901, but at a very early age he moved with his family to live in St. Rioch's Street, Kilkenny.  He attended the Christian Brothers' Schools, James' St, where he played his first matches.
On leaving school he joined Dicksboro Hurling Club in 1919, and played that year with both the Junior and Senior teams.  He was selected to play on the County Senior Team in the 1920 Leinster Championship, and continued playing with Kilkenny until 1925, when he went to live in Dublin.

 
He began playing with Dublin in 1926, and continued playing with them until 1930 inclusive, with great success.  He won the All Ireland of 1927 with Dublin,  also the National League of 1928-29, and won the Leinster Finals of 1927, 1928, and 1930.  As a member of An Garda Síochána he was tied to playing his club hurling with the Garda Club for the rest of his playing career.  He had singular success with the Garda Club in the Dublin County Championships, winning in 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1931.


In 1931, he availed of the non-resident rule, and declared for his native county.  He played with Kilkenny for the rest of his hurling career, until 1937, when he played his last inter-county game.  During these years he helped Kilkenny to win three All Ireland Finals, 1932, 1933, and 1935; six Leinster Championships, 1931, '32, '33, '35, '36, and '37, and one National League in 1932-33.  He also played on the Kilkenny team that won the All Ireland in 1922 and holds additional Leinster medals for 1923 and 1925 with Kilkenny.


He played with Leinster from the inception of the Railway Cup competition in 1927 to 1936 inclusive, and was on the winning side in 1927, 1932, 1933 and 1936.  He also played for Ireland twice in the Tailteann games of 1928 and 1932 and won both games.  He always played left full forward, and although he was of necessity, always very closely marked, he seldom left the field without raising a flag to his credit.

  

 

Michael Collins throws in the ball at the start of the 1921 Leinster Hurling Final.
From left:  Michael Collins, First pairing-Joe Coyne(originally Dicksboro-lived/hurled Dublin), Paddy Donoghue, Matty Power on the right of second pairing.  Ref John Dunphy.