Marty Barrett remembered
Published 28/04/2015 | 00:00
This year sees the introduction of the Marty Barrett Memorial Cup for Juvenile hurling in Co. Wexford.
All secondary schools in the county will be eligible to enter and the competition will be run on a straight knockout basis.
Marty came to Wexford as an Agricultural Science teacher in St. Peter's College in 1981 and with him he brought a passion for hurling and a knowledge of the game that he shared with so many students for the next 26 years.
Marty played at Senior level for Galway and is remembered as a very skillful stickman with a knack for getting goals.
In 1972 he won a Fitzgibbon Cup with U.C.D. and an All-Ireland Under-21 title with Galway.
In 1975 he played a major part in Galway's win over Tipperary in the National League final, scoring three goals.
That same year he was marked by no less a man than Brian Cody in the All-Ireland final in which Kilkenny defeated Galway.
Marty also won a Dublin Co. Senior hurling title with St. Brendan's of Grangegorman and hurled with the Faythe Harriers for two years after moving to Wexford.
Marty's family has kindly offered to sponsor the cup for the competition with the County Board agreeing to provide the medals.
Hopefully this competition will ensure that Marty's name lives long in people's memory and will provide an opportunity for the next generation of young hurlers to showcase their talents.