Mick Morrissey

Mick Morrissey
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Ó Muireasa
Sport Hurling
Position Left wing-back
Born 1932
St. Mullin's, County Carlow, Ireland
Died 1993
New York City, United States
Occupation Draper
Years Club
Geraldine O'Hanrahans
Years County Apps (scores)
New York
17 (0-00)
0 (0-00)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 3
All-Irelands 3
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 15:17, 5 July 2014.

Michael "Mick" Morrissey (1932-1993) was an Irish hurler who played as a left wing-back for the Wexford and New York senior teams.[1][2]

Born in St. Mullin's, County Carlow, Morrissey first excelled at hurling in his youth. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of twenty three when he first linked up with the Wexford senior team. He made his senior debut in the 1954-55 National Hurling League. Morrissey went on to play a key part for Wexford during a golden age for the team, and won two All-Ireland medals, three Leinster medals and two National Hurling League medals.[3]

At club level Morrissey played with Geraldine O'Hanrahan's.

Throughout his inter-county career, Morrissey made 17 championship appearances for Wexford. His retirement came following the conclusion of the 1960 championship, however, he later spent a number of seasons playing with New York.

His brother, Luke, played hurling for Carlow.[4]

In retirement from playing Morrissey became involved in team management and coaching. He served as trainer of the New York team in the early 1970s.

Playing career


Morrissey played his club hurling with Geraldine O'Hanrahan's and enjoyed some success.

After losing the intermediate championship decider to Faythe Harriers in 1956, O'Hanrahan's bounced back to reach the final again in 1957. A 6-7 to 5-6 defeat of Shelmaliers gave Morrissey a coveted championship medal.[5]


Morrissey made his senior debut for Wexford during the 1954-55 National League and immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen. He was a substitute for the team's opening championship games, before making his debut on 17 July 1955 in the drawn Leinster decider with Kilkenny. Wexford won the subsequent replay by 5-6 to 3-9, with Morrissey collecting his first Leinster medal following a 5-6 to 3-9 defeat of Kilkenny in a replay of the Leinster final. Galway, who had been given a bye to the final without ever playing a game, provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland final on 4 September 1955. At half-time the men from the west led by 2-5 to 2-3 courtesy of two goals from eighteen-year-old schoolboy Paddy Egan. A goal by Tim Flood nine minutes from the end clinched a 3-13 to 2-8 victory and a first All-Ireland medal for Morrissey.[6] It was Wexford's first All-Ireland triumph in forty-five years.

Morrissey added a National Hurling League medal to his collection in 1956 as Tipperary were bested by 5-9 to 2-14. The subsequent championship campaign saw Wexford reach the provincial final once again. A narrow 4-8 to 3-10 defeat of Kilkenny gave Morrissey his second Leinster medal. Galway fell heavily in the All-Ireland semi-final, allowing Wexford to advance to an All-Ireland final meeting with Cork on 23 September 1956. The game has gone down in history as one of the all-time classics as Christy Ring was bidding for a record ninth All-Ireland medal. The game turned on one important incident as the Wexford goalkeeper, Art Foley, made a miraculous save from a Ring shot and cleared the sliotar up the field to set up another attack. Nicky Rackard scored a crucial goal with two minutes to go giving Wexford a 2-14 to 2-8 victory.[7][8]

Two years later in 1958 Morrissey added a second National League medal to his collection following a 5-7 to 4-8 defeat of Limerick.

In 1960 Wexford were back in the provincial decider. A narrow 3-10 to 2-11 defeat of Kilkenny gave Morrissey his third Leinster medal. The All-Ireland decider on 4 September 1960 saw red-hot favourites Tipperary provide the opposition. The game ended in remarkable circumstances as the crowd invaded the pitch with a minute to go, mistaking the referee’s whistle for the end of the game. When the crowd were finally moved off the pitch Tipperary continued playing with only twelve men. Goals by Padge Kehoe and Oliver "Hopper" McGrath gave Wexford a merited 2-15 to 0-11 victory. It was Morrissey's third All-Ireland medal. This victory brought the curtain down on Morrissey's inter-county career with Wexford.

After emigrating to the United States, Morrissey became a member of the New York senior team. As was customary at the time, the home National League champions played New York for the title. Morrissey lined out in four consecutive league deciders between 1963 and 1966, however, New York were beaten by Waterford, Tipperary (twice) and Kilkenny.

Coaching career

After his retirement from playing, Morrissey became involved in team management and coaching. He trained the New York team that were narrowly defeated by Cork on an aggregate score of 5-21 to 6-16 in the final of the 1969-70 National League.[9]



Geraldine O'Hanrahan's


  1. "Profile: Mick Morrissey". Hurling Stats website. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. Doody, Derry J. F. "Mick Morrissey: 1950's Legendary Wexford Hurler". Scoreboard memories website. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  3. "Wexford hurling's golden era - the way Martin saw it". Wexford People. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  4. "Obituary: Luke Morrissey". Hogan Stand website. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  5. "History". Geraldine O'Hanrahan's GAA website. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. "All-Ireland Win 1955". Ask About Ireland website. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  7. "All-Ireland Win 1956". Ask About Ireland website. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  8. "One fine day - When Wexford went to Croker". RTÉ Radio 1 website. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  9. O'Flynn, Diarmuid (2 May 2014). "Shameful day in New York's GAA history". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
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