Jimmy Carr- Shelmaliers- 2019 Seana Ghael

Jimmy Carr was an outstanding Hurler in his day playing with several teams in the County and also with Fr.Murphy’s, Birmingham. He also was a top class official in the managerable side of things. He played most of his Hurling in defence or at midfield for the number of clubs he represented in the County.

In every game he participated in, he always was confident and assured going into every game and it never worried him the reputation his opponent curtailed with to the game. He gave some outstanding displays during his time playing and was solid and decisive in his tackling. He marked tightly and was quick and clever in his movements.

Jimmy had many admirable qualities. He was strong, courageous, dexterity and was tremendously defiant. He was born in 1943 and was educated at the Ballagh N.S..

He played all his U’age with Oulart-The Ballagh – Juvenile, Minor and U’21. He played with Oulart-The Ballagh – and then – Fr. Murphy’s, Birmingham – for 2 years, then for – Crossabeg-Ballymurn – in 1974 and finally with the – Shelmaliers – from 1976 to 1984.

His Boyhood Hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P.. One of the best goalie’s he has seen in Hurling was – Ollie Walsh (Kilkenny) R.I.P.. In Football, he selects – Johnny Culloty (Kerry) – as the best goalie he has seen.

One of the best club teams he has seen in Wexford was the Oulart-The Ballagh Team – in the 2000’s. In Football, he selects the – Duffry Rovers – in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Two of the best dual players he has seen in Wexford were – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Joe Foley (Ballyhogue).

One of the greatest games of hurling he has seen was the 2009 All Ireland Final between – Kilkenny vs Tipperary.

Difficult opponents he encountered when playing were – Mick Delaney (Duffry Rovers), Martin Nolan (Blackwater) R.I.P., Vinny Staples (St. Martin’s) and Pat Poole (Craanford).

When playing with the Shelmaliers, the Hurlers that impressed him the most from the club were – Stan O’Leary, John Harding, John Byrne and John McGrath.

The greatest Hurlers he has ever seen were – Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), D.J. Carey (Kilkenny), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), J.J. Delaney (Kilkenny), Mick Roche (Tipperary) R.I.P. and John Mullane (Waterford).

Footballers that stood out in his opinion were – Colm Cooper (Kerry), Mikie Sheehy (Kerry), Mick O’Connell (Kerry), Jack O’Shea (Kerry), Peter Canavan (Tyrone) and Matt Connor (Offaly).

In the last 50 years in Wexford, the Hurlers that stood out were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob Snr., Joe Foley and Willy Murphy.

The greatest Hurler he has ever seen was, Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), and in Football, he selects – Colm Cooper (Kerry) – as the best he has seen.

One of the most memorable games he has played in was winning the Intermediate Final with – Fr. Murphy’s, Birmingham – in 1971. In this game he was Capt. and Manager.

The most disappointing game was losing the Co. Junior Hurling Final, playing with – Oulart-The Ballagh vs the Shelmaliers – in 1964.

The two best Full Backs he has seen in Hurling were – Nick O’Donnell (Wexford) R.I.P. and Brian Lohan (Clare).

The two best Midfielders he has seen were – Frank Cummins (Kilkenny) and John Connolly (Galway). The two best Full Forwards he has seen were – Tony Doran and Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny). His two brothers – Eddie and Fiddo – also played the game of Hurling and all his daughters and son were also stars in their codes.

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