One of the greatest hurling families to emerge from the Kilmuckridge area in the past number of years was the Butler brothers from Crandaniel, a few miles from the village.
Pierie, the eldest of the clan, along with – Henry, John, Mick and Bobby – were all brilliant performers for the – Buffers Alley club. Their father – Bob Butler R.I.P. – was also outstanding player for the club.
Pierie played with the club for over 30 years, from 1963 to 1995. He was gifted with an innate capacity to turn in marvellous displays in most of his games. He was very elusive, clever, skilful and very intelligent. He worked like a beaver in his forward role and caused many headaches for the opposition. He was prepared to harass, hound and fight for every ball and his action was intense and sustained for the full hour in every game.
He was born in 1947 and was educated at St. Joseph’s N.S., Kilmuckridge.
His boyhood hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P..
He was only 16 years old when he played Intermediate Hurling with – Buffers Alley vs Gorey Wolfe Tones – in 1963. He last played with the club in 1995.
The greatest game of hurling he has seen was – Kilkenny vs Tipperary – in the 2014 All Ireland Final drawn game.
In football, the greatest game he has seen was between – Dublin vs Kerry – in the 2013 All Ireland Semi-Final.
One of the best goalie’s he has seen in hurling was – Damien Fitzhenry. In football, he selects – Stephen Cluxton (Dublin).
The four most difficult opponents he encountered when playing were – Willy Murphy, Mick Jacob, Matt Browne and Dan Quigley.
The Buffer Alley hurlers that impressed Pierie the most were – Tony Doran, Mick Butler, Colm Doran and Tom Dempsey.
The two best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Teddy McCarthy (Cork) and Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork). In Wexford, he selects – Phil Wilson and Martin Quigley – as both brilliant at both codes.
The best club team he has seen in Wexford was the – Rathnure team – in the early 70’s winning 4 Co. Titles in a row. In football, he selects the – Duffry Rovers team – from 1986 to 1992.
The greatest hurlers he has ever seen were – J.J. Delaney, Henry Shefflin, Mick Roche (Tipperary) R.I.P., John Fenton (Cork) and Tony Doran. The greatest of these though in Pierie’s opinion was – Tony Doran. The four greatest hurlers he has seen in the last 40 years in Wexford were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob, Martin Quigley and Paul Codd (Rathnure).
Pierie’s medal collection includes – 7 Senior Hurling medals in 1968, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983 and 1984, 1 Hurling medal in 1963, 2 U’21 Hurling medals in 1965 and 1966, 1 Intermediate Football medal in 1974 and 1 Junior Football medal in 1972.
He played Juvenile, Minor and U’21 in both codes with the club.
The two best full backs he has seen in hurling were – J.J. Delaney and Pat Hartigan (Limerick). The two best centre fields he has seen were – John Fenton (Cork) and Adrian Fenlon. The two best full forwards he has seen were – Tony Doran and Ray Cummins (Cork).
He played with Wexford in Minor hurling, U’21 hurling and Senior hurling.
His four sisters – Terri, Ann, Josie and Kathleen – were all brilliant camogie players for their clubs.
His brother – Fr.Jim Butler – was top man in the official end of things, always helping out when needed to.
Of the Wexford team in the 50’s, his favourites were – Tim Flood R.I.P., Ned Wheeler and Bobby Rackard R.I.P..