Willie O'Neill (hurler)

Willie O'Neill
Personal information
Irish name Liam Ó Néill
Sport Hurling
Position Left corner-back
Born 1945
Kilmore, County Wexford, Ireland
Years Club
Club titles
Wexford titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
1965-1967 Wexford 5 (0-00)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
All-Irelands 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 13:17, 3 July 2015.

William "Willie" O'Neill (born 1945) is an Irish retired hurler who played as left corner-back for the Wexford senior team.[1]

Born in Kilmore, County Wexford, O'Neill first excelled at hurling in his youth. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of twenty when he first linked up with the Limerick under-21 team. He made his senior debut during the 1965 championship. O'Neill immediately became a regular member of the team and won one Leinster medal. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

At club level O'Neill played with Kilmore-Rathangan.

Throughout his career O'Neill made 5 championship appearances. He retired from inter-county hurling following the conclusion of the 1967 championship.

Playing career


O'Neill joined the Wexford under-21 team as captain in 1965. A 7-9 to 1-5 trouncing of Dublin gave him his first Leinster medal in that grade. Reigning champions Tipperary were the opponents in the subsequent All-Ireland final, however, a 3-7 to 1-4 victory gave O'Neill an All-Ireland medal.

Wexford retained their provincial crown in 1966, with O'Neill collecting a second Leinster medal following a 7-10 to 2-8 demolition of Laois. On 2 October 1966 Wexford faced Cork in the All-Ireland decider at Nowlan Park, however, a 3–12 to 5–6 draw was the result. The replay took place two weeks later, however, the sides couldn't be separated once again after a 4–9 apiece draw. At the third time of asking Cork finally triumphed following a huge 9–9 to 5–9 victory.[2]

O'Neill made his senior championship debut on 11 July 1965 in a 1-15 to 2-6 Leinster semi-final defeat of Laois. He later won a Leinster medal following a 2-11 to 3-7 defeat of reigning provincial champions Kilkenny. Tipperary were Wexford's opponents in the subsequent All-Ireland final on 5 September 1965, however, the game failed to live up to the two classic games between the two sides in 1960 and 1962. Victory went to Tipperary on that occasion by 2–16 to 0–10, courtesy of a brace of goals by Seán McLoughlin.

After a defeat by Kilkenny in the Leinster decider in 1967, O'Neill retired from inter-county hurling.





  1. "Profile: W O'Neill". Hurling Stats website. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. "Memories return of sole U-21 win". Wexford People. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
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