Limerick GAA mourns Andy Dunworth

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Andy Dunworth RIP
This week all in Limerick GAA were sad to hear of the shock news of the death of Andy Dunworth.

This week all in Limerick GAA were sad to hear of the shock news of the death of Andy Dunworth.

A couple of months shy of the 40th anniversary of the 1973 All-Ireland senior hurling championship victory, Limerick GAA is mouring the death of the first of the panel members.

This week all in Limerick GAA were sad to hear of the shock news of the death of Andy Dunworth.

A native of Banogue, Andy Dunworth played his early hurling with his native club.

At a young age of 16 he lined out for Emmets when he played in his first senior hurling championship.

He played in goals in the 1963 county senior hurling final for Emmets when they lost to Feenagh-Kilmeedy in a final that was played on October 6, 1963.

Andy played for Limerick in goals and in 1963 he was a member of the Limerick minor side that reached the All Ireland final, where Limerick were defeated by Wexford.

In the 1963 Munster minor final Limerck defeated Tipperary and the Limerick team on that day was Andy Dunworth, Jim O’Brien, Sean Egan, Stephen O’Shaughnessy, Timmy McAuliffe, Pa O’Brien, Willie Kiely, Eamonn Cregan (Captain), Tony Roche, Con Danaher, Jim Geary, Bernie Savage, Mick Graham, Ger Cosgrove and Brian Cobbe. Subs were Garrett Barry and Mickey Grimes.

The following year in 1964 Andy was again a member of the Limerick minor side but was knocked out in the first round of the Munster hurling championship.

Andy played with Bruree when they won the south U-21 hurling title in 1965.

Andy then moved into Limerick city and continued his adult hurling with Claughaun.

He played wing forward when Claughaun won the 1968 Limerick SHC title when defeating Adare in the final.

He again won a county senior hurling title with Claughaun in 1971 when Claughaun defeated South Liberties.

He graduated to the Limerick senior hurling panel in the late 1960’s.

He played nine times in total for Limerick - making his debut in the ‘66 Mnster championship against Tipperary.

Dunworth was a National hurling league winner with Limerick in 1971.

Two years later he was a member of the ‘73 All-Ireland winning panel and his last appearance on the field of play was against London in the run to the All-Ireland final win over Kilkenny.

He travelled to the USA with Limerick as part of the All Stars tour but decided to remain across the Atlantic and not return to Ireland.

He lived there until his death in the past week at the age of 67.

Andy is survived by his brother Stephen and is pre-deceased by four brothers; Sean, Jimmy, Gerry and Peter.

His requiem mass took place in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Banogue this Thursday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

“All in Limerick GAA would like to send on our deepest sympathies to his Andy’s family,” said Limerick GAA PRO Eamon Phelan.