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Joseph McCabe (1919 – 2 January 2019) was an Irish hurler who played for Laois Senior Championship club Clonad and at inter-county level with the Laois senior hurling team. He was usually deployed as a goalkeeper, but also played as a forward.[1][2]

Joe McCabe
Personal information
Irish name Seosamh Mac Cába
Sport Hurling
Position Goalkeeper
Born 1919
Clonad, County Laois, Ireland
Died 2 January 2019 (aged 99)
Clonad, County Laois, Ireland
Occupation Welder
Years Club
Club titles
Laois titles 8
Years County
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 0
All-Irelands 0


Playing careerEdit


McCabe was first selected for the Clonad junior hurling team in 1934. After losing the Laois Junior Championship final to Derrydavey, he was soon added to the Clonad senior hurling team. On 15 March 1936, McCabe won his first Laois Senior Championship medal after a 7–03 to 1–05 defeat of Rathdowney in the delayed 1935 final.[3]

After surrendering their championship title the following year, McCabe won a second Laois Senior Championship medal when Clonad defeated Abbeyleix by 2–07 to 2–01 in the final.

After a hiatus of nine years, McCabe won his third Laois Senior Championship medal on 24 November 1946 after a 3–04 to 2–03 defeat of reigning champions Abbeyleix. It was the first of three successive final victories over Abbeyleix.[4]

On 27 August 1950, McCacbe won his sixth Leinster Senior Championship medal when a then record crowd of 3,500 saw Clonad defeat Errill by 3–13 to 1–05.[5]

McCabe won his seventh Laois Senior Championship medal on 4 October 1953 after a 2–14 to 2–07 defeat of Kyle in the final. He won his eighth and final Laois Senior Championship medal on 12 September 1954 when Clonad defeated Errill by 1–09 to 0–04.

McCabe played his last game for the Cloand senior team in 1957, but rejoined the club's junior team with whom he finished his career in the early 1960s.


McCabe joined the Laois minor hurling team in 1933 and played for a record five seasons. On 12 August 1934, he was in goal when Laois defeated Dublin by 8–04 to 2–00 to win the Leinster Championship.[6] McCabe retained his place in goal for the subsequent All-Ireland final on 2 September 1934, which Laois lost to Tipperary by 4–03 to 3–05.

McCabe joined the Laois senior hurling team as goalkeeper in 1938. He played for a number of seasons before leaving the team in 1942.


  • Laois Senior Hurling Championship (8): 1935, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1954
  • Laois Intermediate Football Championship (1): 1954
  • Laois Junior Football Championship (1): 1934


  1. ^ Hartnett, Alan (4 January 2019). "Remembering the great Joe McCabe – a Laois Hall of Fame hurler". Laois Today website. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The late Joe McCabe was a Laois minor for five years". Hogan Stand. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ Hyland, Jackie. "The Football Glory Years 1930 – 1946". Laois GAA website. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ "HISTORY OF THE GAELIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (G.A.A.) IN ABBEYLEIX". Abbeyleix website. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Errill Club – A Brief History". Rathdowney-Errill GAA website. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Leinster Minor Hurling Champions" (PDF). Leinster GAA website. Retrieved 5 January 2019.