Cyril Byrne- Liam Mellows & Castletown

For the period he was resident in the county, Cyril Byrne played his Football with – Castletown, and his Hurling with – Liam Mellows.

In 1970, he moved to Dublin and his loss to the two clubs was immense. With Liam Mellows in Hurling, he was an elusive and fine scoring forward. He usually played in the full-forward line.

In Football, his normal position was right cornerback. When playing in the big ball games, he could be described as a super sub.. On many occasions, he was called from the bench to liven up proceedings, which he personally did.

He was born in 1943 and was educated at Coolgreaney N.S. and Arklow V.C..

His Boyhood Hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P..

Two of the best goalie’s he has seen in Hurling was – Ollie Walsh (Kilkenny) R.I.P. and Art Foley (Wexford).

In Football, he selects – Paddy Cullen (Dublin) – as outstanding. He also selects – Mick Byrne (Castletown) – as brilliant.

He started playing at Juvenile Level in both codes in 1962 and in the same year, he came on as a sub., when Castletown won the 1960 Co. Junior Football Final vs the Volunteers after a replay.

He won 2 more Medals in Football with Castletown in 1965 and 1969, both as subs.. In Hurling, with Liam Mellows he won – 1 Co. Junior Hurling Medal in 1964 and 1 Co. Intermediate Hurling Medal in 1967.

One of his best games playing Football was in the 1964 Co. U’21 Football Final vs Kilmore-Rathangan. He played an outstanding game-winning possession repeatedly against a star-studded Kilmore combination.

Cyril played Juvenile and Minor with Gorey Young Emmets.

One of the best games of Hurling he has seen was – Liam Mellows vs Buffers Alley – in the 1965 Co. Intermediate Hurling Final. Playing at full-forward, he was outstanding but was disappointed at the end when Buffers Alley came out on top.

The Footballers that impressed him the most when playing with Castletown were – Andy Merrigan R.I.P., Freddie Cudlipp, Oliver Cullen and Larry O’Shaughnessy. With Liam Mellows, he selects – Oliver Cullen, Paddy Lennon, Fiarce O’Lionáin R.I.P. and Tom Cullen – as brilliant.

The four greatest Hurlers he has ever seen were – Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Nickey Rackard (Wexford) R.I.P., Christy Ring (Cork) R.I.P. and Jimmy Doyle R.I.P.. In Wexford, he selects – Nickey Rackard R.I.P., Jim English R.I.P., Ned Wheeler, Tim Flood R.I.P., Phil Wilson, Martin Quigley, and Tom Neville R.I.P. – as being the best he has ever seen.

The four greatest Footballers he has ever seen were – Mick O’Connell (Kerry), Jack O’Shea (Kerry), Paddy Doherty (Down) and Peter Canavan (Tyrone).

The four greatest Footballers he has seen in Wexford were – Andy Merrigan (Castletown) R.I.P., Michael Carty (Castletown), Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Mickey Byrne (Ballyhogue) R.I.P..

The three best dual players he has seen in Wexford were – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue), Joe Foley and Oliver Cullen (Castletown).

Outside of Wexford, he selects – Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork) and Des Foley (Dublin) R.I.P..

One of the best games of Football he has seen was – Dublin vs Kerry – in the 2013 All Ireland Semi-Final.

The best game of Hurling he has seen was the 2013 – Clare vs Cork – in the Drawn All Ireland Semi-Final.

His Brother – Thompson Byrne – was a brilliant half-back with – Castletown – in all their great wins.

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