Medal, sport, gold, All-Ireland Hurling Championship 1917
Medal, 9 ct gold, 31mm diameter. Obverse: Gold ring encircling an openwork cross with suspension ring at top, the top and bottom arms of the cross have Celtic design in relief. The central arms of the cross bear the word “EIRE”, a harp in a shield is located at the centre of the cross dividing the word Eire into two equal parts. The legend around the ring reads: Cumann na gCleas-Luit Gaedhealach. Reverse: inscription around edge reads: All Ireland Hurling C’ship 1917 won by Dublin..
Brendan Considine was one of three brothers from the Turnpike in Ennis who hurled for Clare.
This medal is part of a collection of his medals, that includes two All-Ireland Hurling Medals, a Leinster Senior Hurling Medal, a Munster Senior Hurling Medal, a Dublin County Football Championship Medal, a National Aid Medal from 1918 and a de Valera Tournament Medal from 1919.
The de Valera Tournament was held in 1919 to raise funds for Sinn Féin.
Brendan was an enthusiastic supporter of the national movement. He was on the run at one point, probably after the 1916 Rising, and he was working for the Munster and Leinster Bank in Dame Street, Dublin at the time. Brendan once went on hunger strike for 42 days.
His hurling career spanned three decades and he played for Clare, Dublin, Cork and Waterford in both hurling and football, during his career with the bank. Brendan’s career started on the Turnpike of Ennis, playing in local Town Leagues in hurling and football that put him on the All-Ireland road.
He was still a student in St Flannan’s when he won an All-Ireland with Clare in 1914, while three years later he won an All-Ireland with Dublin. That same year he also played for the Dublin Footballers in the Leinster final, but they were beaten by the great Wexford team that day. That Wexford team went on to beat Clare in the All-Ireland Final, a Clare team that included Brendan’s younger brother Tull.
Collection: Brendan Considine