John McGrath (Westmeath hurler)

John ‘Jobber’ McGrath
Personal information
Irish name Seán Mac Craith
Sport Hurling
Position Forward
Born Rickardstown, County Westmeath
Years Club
Club titles
Westmeath titles 3
Years County
1950-1965 Westmeath
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 0
All-Irelands 0

John ‘Jobber’ McGrath (1928–1980) was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Rickardstown and with the Westmeath senior inter-county team from 1950 until 1965. McGrath is regarded as one of the greatest players never to have won an All-Ireland medal.

Playing career


McGrath played his club hurling with his local Rickardstown club and enjoyed some success. He won his first senior county title in 1953. McGrath added to his collection in 1959 and 1963 when he captured two more county championship medals. He finished his playing career with Lough Lene Gaels(who were an amalgamation between Collinstown, Fore, Glenidan and Mcgraths club Rickardstown), winning a junior medal with the club in 1973.


McGrath first came to prominence on the inter-county scene with the Westmetah minor hurling team in the 1940s. He had little success in this grade. In 1950 McGrath made his debut for the Westmeath senior team, beginning a fifteen-year inter-county career. During this era he enjoyed minimal success with the county as Westmeath were one of the minnows of the Leinster Championship.


McGrath also lined out with Leinster in the inter-provincial hurling competition and enjoyed some success. He won his sole Railway Cup medal in 1956 as Leinster defeated Munster.



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