Séamus Power (Waterford hurler)
|Irish name||Séamus de Paor|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Waterford titles||12 Hurling, 4 Football|
Séamus Power (born 1929 in Waterford, Ireland) is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Mount Sion and was a member of the Waterford senior inter-county team in the 1950s and 1960s. He first appeared in a Waterford jersey when he played at full-forward for the Waterford minor hurling team defeated by Cork in 1946 and he first played for the senior team in 1949 against Limerick when he came on as a substitute for Davy Power. He was playing for the Roscrea club at that time as he was working there for the Post Office.
On his transfer back to the Waterford Post Office he played for the Mount Sion club where he became one of its greatest players, captaining two championship winning teams; hurling in 1958 and football in 1959. His mid-field partnership with Philly Grimes is reckoned to be one of the greatest of all time. He was also a footballer of considerable merit and represented Waterford for a number of years.
Long after his playing days were over he was selected at centre-field, alongside Philly Grimes, on the Waterford Centenary Team 1984 and the Waterford Millennium Team 2000.
He won three county minor medals with Mount Sion in 1945-47 and as a senior won a further sixteen county senior championship medals - twelve for hurling and four for football. All his senior medals were won in a period of just thirteen years. He was one of the greatest of that golden generation of Mount Sion players that carried all before them. They defeated all-comers from all the hurling counties and were the backbone of the great Waterford county side from 1957-63 providing six players to that team: Martin Og Morrissey, Séamus Power, Philly Grimes, Mick Flannelly, Frankie Walsh and Larry Guinan.
He won one senior All-Ireland medal, one National League, one Oireachtas, three Munster and six Railway Cup medals. He was trainer, coach and selector to the county senior hurling team for a number of years and held similar positions with the Mount Sion club. He was also one of the top referees in hurling and was in charge of the National League final in New York in the 1960s.
He was secretary of the Mount Sion club from 1955 until 1969 and then,in 1970, he took over as club chairman from Pat Fanning when the latter became GAA President. He later became one of Waterford's representatives on both the Munster Council and the GAA Central Council.
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship:
- Winner (1): 1959
- Runner-up (2): 1957, 1963
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship:
- Winner (3): 1957, 1959, 1963
- Runner-up (3): 1958, 1962, 1966
- National Hurling League:
- Winner (1): 1963
- Runner-up (2): 1959, 1961,
- Railway Cup:
- Winner (5): 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
- Runner-up (2): 1956, 1962,
- "Waterford GAA profile". www.hoganstand.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
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