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Mick O'Dwyer, Pat McGrath, Noel Skehan and Michael Kearins inducted into GAA Hall of Fame

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 12:43 | Comments

Mick O'Dwyer urges on his Kerry side against Dublin in the closing moments of the 1985 All-Ireland final Mick O'Dwyer in 1983
Mick O'Dwyer urges on his Kerry side against Dublin in the closing moments of the 1985 All-Ireland final Mick O'Dwyer in 1983

Kerry great Mick O'Dwyer is among four former players inducted into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame for 2014.

Former greats O’Dwyer, Waterford hurler Pat McGrath, Kilkenny’s Noel Skehan and Sligo footballer Michael Kearins have become the second group of former players to receive the awards since the inaugural event last year.

“These four individuals illuminated their respective codes, setting consistently sky high standards that thrilled crowds and highlighted the great attributes of our games," said GAA President Liam Ó Néill. 

“I hope this acknowledgement helps shine a light on their efforts over many years to generations who were not lucky enough to witness first-hand the skills they brought to bear on the game.”

Mick O'Dwyer won four All-Ireland and seven league titles in his playing days with The Kingdom, before going on to manage his native county to an incredible eight Sam Maguire wins, including four in a row from 1978-81.

He also managed Laois and Kildare to Leinster titles, and took up the reins at Wicklow and Clare before retiring last year.

Over the course of his GAA career as player and manager, Mick won a total of 12 All-Irelands, 25 provincial titles and 10 National Leagues.

Goalkeeper Noel Skehan enjoyed a senior inter-county career with Kilkenny that spanned 22 years, during which time he won nine All-Ireland senior titles, eight Leinster titles, three National Hurling Leagues and four Railway Cups with Leinster.

His record haul of All-Ireland hurling medals was only equalled by Henry Shefflin and Noel Hickey in 2012.

Skehan was also a selector with the Kilkenny senior hurlers when they captured back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 2002 and 2003. In those same years, he also guided Leinster to two Railway Cups titles.

Pat McGrath starred in defence for Waterford from 1970 to 1986. He played inter-provincial hurling with Munster, winning two Railway Cups in 1976 and 1978 and played his club hurling with the famous Mount Sion club, winning seven Waterford senior championships.

His sons Ken and Eoin were key member of the Waterford team in more recent years.

Forward Micheál Kearins played senior inter-county football with Sligo for 18 consecutive years (1961 – 1978).

In 1971 he became the first Sligo player to be awarded an All Star, and in '75 he was instrumental in Sligo winning the Connacht Senior Football Championship for the first time in 47 years.

In 1984 he was named in the special selection GAA Centenary Football team, comprising players who had never won an All-Ireland Senior Championship medal.

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