The ‘great-hearted’ Jimmy Cummins- A top-class Moorefield and Kildare Footballer, RIP

The ‘great-hearted’ Jimmy Cummins

A top-class Moorefield and Kildare Footballer

Jimmy Cummins, the Moorefield, and Kildare dynamo, who graced the playing fields of Kildare and many other counties went to his eternal reward on Monday 1 February, the feast St Brigid. His passing has broken one of the few remaining links with the history-making team of the late-1950s and early-1960s.

Most great players are known for their size, strength and ability to master the tussles and battles against all-comers; but by the age of 22 Jimmy Cummins was described as “one of the best ‘small men’ in football in the province”. The Moorefield man had a stellar career with club and county. He first hit the headlines when his club won three successive Leader Cup titles (1958-’60).

Following the first Leader Cup win on 12 December 1959 (the 1959 final was played before the 1958 final), Jimmy Cummins was called into action for the county at corner forward on 6 March 1960 in a National League match against Kerry in Athy. In a twenty-year-long career with Moorefield, and nine years with Kildare, his last outing for the county was on 9 June 1968 in a Leinster championship match against Laois.

Considering that Jimmy played alongside many Kildare senior footballers who became household names throughout the country following a Leinster senior title in 1956 and an under-21 All-Ireland win in 1965, he was most certainly a man who punched well above his weight and height. On his inter-county debut, he lined out with fellow Moorefield man, Toss McCarthy who captained the club to the three Leader Cup wins and the 1962 county title. His time in the all-white jersey saw him play alongside Danny Flood, Paddy Gibbons and Paddy Moore of the 1956 Leinster winners and with almost all the under-21 champions of 1965. Kildare’s first All Star, Ollie Crinnigan, Pat Dunney, Tommy Carew, Kevin Kelly, Pat Mangan and Jack Donnelly were among the most famous of those names over a 15-year period, Crinnigan and Carew being the last of those to retire in 1980.

After eight games in attack – four at No. 12, three at No. 15 and one at No. 10 and one game as centre-forward – he played as a defender for Kildare – 38 times at right half-back, on four occasions at left half-back, and at left corner-back in his last 14 matches, a total of 65 appearances as a first-choice player in official competitions over nine years.

During his career he played in 36 National League matches, Kildare winning 21, drawing five and losing 10. The wins were against Wexford x 5, Cork and Carlow x 3, Dublin and Laois x 2 each, and once against Donegal, Westmeath, Offaly, Kilkenny, Waterford and Sligo. Drawn games were twice against Carlow, and once against Kerry, Cork and Sligo. Losses were to Kerry (4) and Cork, Dublin, Carlow, Wexford, Galway and Down, the latter in the 1968 League final by 2-11 to 2-4.

Jimmy was on the first Kildare team to win the O’Byrne Cup on 25 November 1962 and lined out in 12 games in O’Byrne Cup competitions, winning 10 but was on the losing side in the 1965 final against Longford. On 24 March 1963, he laid on the vital pass for a crucial goal in an O’Byrne Cup game against Carlow to give Kildare a narrow win by 1-2 to 1-1 – just three weeks after Kildare had beaten Carlow by 9-7 to 0-1 in the National League. Both games were played in St Conleth’s Park.

The Moorefield man played in 17 Leinster championship games winning eight, remarkably against eight different counties, Wexford, Meath, Wicklow, Carlow, Offaly, Dublin, Kilkenny and Louth, drawing two against Offaly and Longford and losing seven – to Offaly x 2, Meath x 2, and once to Dublin, Longford and Laois.

Paying tribute to Jimmy Cummins, Moorefield Chairperson Mick Moloney said “Jimmy was a major figure in the revival of Moorefield football fortunes in the late 1950s. His reading of the game was a key factor in his team’s success in three successive Leader Cup wins in 1959,’60 and’61 as well in the club’s first senior championship win in 1962. He was widely admired as a player with club and county but moreso as a family man who worked for many years in Irish Ropes. On behalf of Moorefield club, I wish to offer our sympathy to his wife and family at this very sad time. May Jimmy rest in the peace he deserves after a long service to family, in work and in sport”.

Dearbháil and Jimmy

Numerous match reports testify to Jimmy’s amazing performances throughout his career. Indeed, it would be exceptional to find a report in which his name is not mentioned. Some examples testify to his consistent brilliance as a great defender for club and county.

Kildare 0-8 Meath 0-6, SFC 8.6.1962: “Jimmy Cummins, inches and stones the smallest back on the field, was something of a mighty atom.”

(Leinster Leader 14 June 1962)

Kildare 0-9 Cork 1-6, NFL 10.2.1963: “The most consistent performer on the Kildare team was Jimmy Cummins.”

(Leinster Leader 16 February 1963)

Kildare 1-2 Carlow 1-1, NFL 24.3.1963:

 

Leinster Leader headline

“Take a bow, Jimmy Cummins, dominating little Goliath of the O’Byrne Cup encounter in Droichead Nua on Sunday. Carlow, intent on erasing the memory of the 9-7 to 0-1 NFL defeat of three weeks ago, went very close to doing so, and but for the Kildare half-back would surely have won this battle of the mud. Cummins was there to smash most of their promising attacks and, with Kildare two points in arrears and the sands of time running out, he ‘made’ the golden goal which McNally slammed home to pull the game out of the fire.”

(Leinster Leader 30 March 1963)

1962 County Semi-final 21 – April 1963: “The half line of Jimmy Cummins, Joe Moran and Dave Stapleton proved a big stumbling block to the Kilcock forwards.”

(Leinster Leader 27 April 1963)

1962 County Final: Moorefield 2-12 Kilcullen 0-2: “Joe Moran, Jimmy Cummins, and Jim McDermott were most noted in a sound Moorefield defence and one must again record the fine efforts of Jimmy Cummins, surely one of the best ‘small men’ in football in the province today.

(Leinster Leader 18 May 1963)

Kerry 2-13 Kildare 2-5, NFL 16.11.1963: “Tireless worker Jimmy Cummins was undoubtedly the best of the defenders.”

(Leinster Leader 16 October 1963)

Kildare 0-11 Wicklow 0-4, O’Byrne Cup 27.3.1965: “It was the old hands, especially the half-back line, who contributed most to the winning of a ticket to the second round of this Accident Fund competition. This trio gloried in the conditions and only on rare occasions were they beaten for a ball. Apart from zealously guarding their own line, they found time to help an overworked centre-field. Cummins, on one occasion, in the second half, found time to roam upfield and send over a splendid point from forty yards out.”

(Leinster Leader 27 March 1965) Surely, one of the first attacking half-backs!

Kildare 4-10 Carlow 2-9, SFC 23.5.1965: “The half-line of defence showed an unusual lack of soundness … and it was left to the dashing Cummins to bolster up the weakness. This he did in magnificent style. For those who doubted the current worth of Cummins, this was the answer. He vied with his corner man, Moore, for the day’s defence honours.”

(Leinster Leader 29 May 1965)

Moorefield v Clane SFC drawn game: “The game was decorated by several outstanding individual performances, but for a sixty-minute non-stop exhibition of first-grade defensive football star of the thirty rating must go to Moorefield’s

Jimmy Cummins.

(Leinster Leader 24 July 1965)

Replay v Clane: “Jimmy Cummins played courageously with great support from Ned Goff, Mick Behan, Paddy Moore, Jim Coates and Harry Fay.”

(Leinster Leader 28 August 1965)

1965 SHC v Curragh: “Inter-county footballer Jimmy Cummins, making his hurling championship debut (with Moorefield), was a surprise packet in attack where he showed some clever touches which led to scores.”

(Leinster Leader, August 1965)

Kildare 1-9 Longford 1-6, O’Byrne Cup 10.10.1965: “Jimmy Cummins was another to hit to form at left half and was second only to Moore in the merit table.” (Leinster Leader 16 October 1965)

Longford 3-12 Kildare 2-10, SFC 18.6.1967: “The full backs were all at sea, except for the heroic efforts of Jimmy Cummins, who played his heart out.”

(Leinster Leader 24 June 1967)

In a factory match against Roadstone:Jimmy Cummins was the only man to merit mention.”

SFC v Carbury in 1967:Jimmy Cummins battled away for sixty minutes against overwhelming            odds.”

(Leinster Leader 8 July 1967)

Kildare 0-7 Laois 0-4, NFL 10.3.1968: Jimmy Cummins had a rare tussle with the youthful but potentially great John Lalor. This flyer has a big future in the football world, and one ponders as what the result would have been opposed by any other defender but the Moorefield man.”

(Leinster Leader 16 March 1968)

Kildare 2-8 Offaly 1-8, NFL 31.3.1968: “Jimmy Cummins as usual played his part and one particular save off the line in the first half deprived Offaly of a certain goal.”

(Leinster Leader 6 April 1968)

Leinster Leader Cup shock: “Outstanding of the thirty was Moorefield’s Jimmy Cummins.”

(Leinster Leader 31 March 1970)

SFC v Rheban: “Outstanding for Moorefield were Jimmy Dowling, Kevin Fahy, Mick Shiels, Jimmy Cummins, Francie Dooley, Thomas McCormack, ‘Slicer’ Herterich and Paddy Anderson.”

(Leinster Leader 26 May 1973)

1978 SFC v Ballyteague: “Great displays by Tommy White, Mick Meade and long-serving Jimmy Cummins.

Visit to Naas Hospital Sean McCabe Cup, Dermot Bourke Cup & Leinster Leader Cup

 

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AGM 2020

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 21st January and was our first ever online AGM. Thanks to all of our members who attended the meeting to look back on 2020. A special mention was made to the front line workers for their continued hard work during this difficult time and all of our members were urged to continue adhering to government guidelines. Thanks to our outgoing officers, particularly Theresa Collins who held the position of Treasurer for the last 12 years. Best of luck to our newly elected officers and executive members in the coming year.

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Mighty Moores

Moorefield’s Underage Hurling and Camogie end of year meeting will be held onWednesday 3rd February at 7:30pm. Due to current government restrictions this will be held online over Zoom, if you would like to attend please contact your child’s coach and he/she will forward you the link and have you added to the list to allow entry on the day.

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Club Lotto- €2,700 Jackpot

€2,700 Jackpot

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Draw 1st February- 2, 5, 19, 28

No Jackpot winner

3 match 3- Liam Devine, Elaine Whitford, Fiona Whiteley


Draw 25th January- 2, 3, 10, 19

No Jackpot winner

6 match 3- John Barry, Peter Moran, Brenda Kinchella, Rose Mc Donnell, Derek and Ber Curley, D McDonnell

€15,000 Jackpot

Draw 18th January- 5, 11, 19, 24

1 Jackpot winner- Eileen and Nicky Moore

4 match 3- B Moran, K Wolfe, E Whitford and Emma Jane Looney


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Chairperson, Mick Moloney, and the Executive Committee of Moorefield GAA would like to wish our members and supporters home and abroad a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year in 2021. Thanks for all your help and support for the club in 2020, it’s greatly appreciated.

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Covid- 19 Update

 Advice to Clubs and Counties – for activities post Dec 27th in the 26 Counties

CLUB SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

  1. Club Games

Under the new Level 5 Restrictions announced by Government and which take effect from December 27th, Club games are not permitted.

  1. Club Training

In level 5, underage and adult training can take place, but must be on a non-contact basis in pods of up to 15.

All clubs and players are reminded that Health Questionnaires and all other relevant control measures must continue to be followed.

  1. Use of Indoor Team Facilities

Dressing rooms, showers and all other indoor training facilities should remain closed for club activities.

Club Gyms in the 26 Counties may be opened for use by individuals only, with protective measures in place. Players/Teams must not train in groups.

  1. Committee Meetings

No indoor meetings can be held.

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Club Shop

Thank you for your custom in 2020.

  List of Merchandise Available …Click here 

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Dale Thorpe, RIP

Moorefield GAA would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dale Thorpe who has sadly passed away. Dale was a lifelong Moorefield supporter & got great joy supporting our teams over the years. He was a true Moorefield gentleman.

Our thoughts are with the Thorpe family during this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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Mighty Moores- End of Year

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Our Mighty Moores had their last training session of 2020. We had a very different year but a fantastic one all the same, with lots of learning, fun and laughter! To mark the occasion the boys and girls were presented with the newly launched 2021 Mighty Moores’ training top. We’re looking forward to welcoming back all of our hard working players early next year.

We’d like to thank all the parents, coaches, mentors and players for all their efforts and hard work.

The training top will be available to order in the new year from our club shop.

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The Colemans on RTE’s After School Hub

Check out the Colemans on RTE’s After School Hub. They make an appearance at 29 mins to show their camogie and hurling skills. Well done Rian, Aoife & Seán.

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Moorefield Tribute to Retired School Principals

The Cathaoirleach, Executive Committee, players and members of Moorefield GAA Club extend hearty congratulations to Mr Gerry King and Ms Noreen Duggan on their recent retirements as Principals of Scoil Mhuire Senior and Scoil na Naomh Uilig respectively.  

Since its foundation in 1975, Scoil Mhuire has had a long and mutually beneficial association with Moorefield, and we thank Mr King for his cooperation in facilitating our involvement with the school during his principalship.

The success of our teams is due in no small measure to him, his colleagues and former staff in facilitating our coaches who helped develop Gaelic games to a very high standard. Indeed, we have always been very happy to offer the services of many of our members – especially past pupils – to coach the students and develop their skills.

Noreen Duggan is a passionate Moorefield supporter and took great pride in our 2015 Minor Championship victory when her son, Colin Barrett, was captain.

She had the singular honour of leading a new school into a whole new world of education and developing a wonderful teaching and support staff.

The Moorefield members on her teaching staff had great respect for her and Pat Flynn was a great addition to her team eight years ago. We know they helped the development of Gaelic games and participation in Cumann na mBunscol competitions and in the importance of good discipline and club/school loyalty which is vital in making ours a better community.

Dozens of Moorefield players who attended the Scoil Mhuire have worn the Kildare jersey with pride and provide good role models for our young people, and many from Scoil na Naomh Uilig will do so in the future.

We appreciated the attendance of Gerry and Noreen at many of our Annual Award functions and look forward to their company on similar occasions in the future. May they have long and happy retirements, secure in the knowledge that they have left a lasting imprint on Moorefield Club.

 

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