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Paul McCarthy Soccer Times Past

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Former Soccer Player From a Strong Sporting Pedigree

A former player of great talent, Blackrock man Paul McCarthy established a football career path highlighted by several awards and recognition. He began his career with the local Blackrock FC at Schoolboys Under 13 and 14 and honours came swiftly for Paul, winning a League and Cup double in 1964. In that same year he had the great distinction of winning the award of “The Cork Schoolboys League Player Of The Year”. Many soccer pundits also claimed Paul McCarthy was the best schoolboy player never to be capped for Ireland.

In a remarkable soccer career, Paul proceeded to win a Murphy Minor Cup medal v South End United in 1965 and played junior with Blackrock, before signing his allegiance to Ringmahon Rangers where he won Munster Senior League honours.

Soccer was prominent in the McCarthy household with his late father, Jack, captain of the Rockmount team, winners of the Munster Junior League and Cup in1932/33 and Jack also played on a Munster Selection v Motherwell of the Scottish League. This match was played at the famed Mardyke in 1937 and the local side lost an enthralling contest 3 – 2.

Further football history is credited to Jack McCarthy when he lined out with Cork’s famous Fordsons FC club after taking up employment down in the Centre Park Road Ford’s factory. In a further connection with local soccer, Jack McCarthy was also a member of the Munster Senior League Management Committee.

In a further sporting connection, Paul McCarthy is the grandson of the renowned former Blackrock hurler, Moss Buckley, who was on the 4 in a row Rockies county champions of 1910/11/12/13, a team who set up a historic statistic in Cork hurling.

At Blackrock Online we now record Paul McCarthy, as a soccer player of distinction of times past and Paul joins an illustrious collection of former Blackrock sporting icons.

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