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Former Cork County and Munster player Tom Kiernan passes away

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former Cork County, Bohemians and Munster batsman and all-round Cork sporting great Tom Kiernan. Brother of Jim, Tom represented both club and Munster with distinction and also was a product of Presentation Brothers College alongside another club legend Dermot Giltinan.

In his book ‘Long Shadows By De Banks’, Colm Murphy noted that “Tom Kiernan was highly regarded and was of international standard. However, it was rugby that he truly excelled. He was a regular at the Mardyke and on one occasion, immediately on returning back to Cork from a Lions’ Tour, he was to be seen at the nets giving advice to aspiring cricketers.”

“Besides cricket, there was always the refreshing swim at the weir!”

Bohemians Cricket Club at the Mardyke in Cork

Tom Kiernan is pictured above in the Bohemians side (far left back row) that graced the Mardyke for many years.

 

As a Life Member of the club, Tom continued to be a familiar face at the Mardyke down through the years and was often spotted at key fixtures and the clubs annual end of season dinners.

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Jim Fitzgerald and Tom Kiernan pictured at the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner at the River Lee Hotel.

 
Kiernan was also a legendary figure in Irish rugby and kicked the winning score the first time Ireland beat South Africa, in 1965, and captained the first Irish team to win a Test in Australia two years later.

He was capped 59 times for Ireland at full-back; 5 times for the Lions and captained the Lions in South Africa 1968.

At club level, he represented Cork Constitution, Munster and University College Cork with distinction.

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

 
After hanging up his boots, he was in charge of the Munster team which recorded a victory over New Zealand in 1978 and went on to coach Ireland between 1980 and 1983, including winning the Five Nations title in 1982.

Munster representative matches:

  • 1959: Munster Cricket Union XI v Australian Old Collegians at the Mardyke

Guinness Cup

  • 7th August 1966: Munster v South Leinster at the Mardyke
  • 13th August 1966: North West v Munster at Holm Field, Sion Mills
  • 19th August 1967: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 31st May 1969: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 5th July 1969: Munster v North Leinster at the Mardyke

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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.
 
 
 

Former Cork County cricketer Jim Kiernan passes away

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

OBITUARY: MANY REPRESENTATIVES from Munster rugby and Irish cricket were among a huge attendance yesterday in St Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork at the funeral of Jim Kiernan (80), who passed away last week after a short illness.

In a distinguished playing career, Kiernan won a Munster Schools’ Senior Cup medal with Presentation Brothers College in 1948, Munster Senior Cup medals with University College Cork in 1955 and Cork Constitution in 1957 (as captain), and a Cork Charity Cup medal in 1961 with Dolphin, where he also served as president, as well as playing on numerous occasions at fullback for Munster.

The popular and eminently personable Kiernan was a Munster selector between 1971 and 1973 and also between 1981 and 1987, and served as Irish selector between 1984 and 1987. He was elected president of Dolphin for the 1978/79 season.

He may well have been a dual international but for his legendary brother Tom, the one-time Irish and Lions’ fullback, though compensation came by way of being able to watch his son, Michael, play 43 times for Ireland, including the Triple Crown wins of 1982 and ’85, as well as touring New Zealand with the Lions.

A reliable opening batsman and a useful off spinner with the Bohemians and Cork County cricket clubs, as the Cricket Ireland website put it Kiernan would surely have added to his solitary Irish cap, “had he appeared regularly in areas more open to selectorial visibility than The Mardyke”.

His brother Tom was also a useful batsman, and made a century for Cork County after stepping off a plane from his successful captaincy of the Lions tour of South Africa in 1968.

Jim Kiernan is survived by his wife Angela, his children Eileen, Catherine, Michael, Peter, Valerie and Jennifer, his sisters Anne and Eileen and his brother Tom.

He was predeceased by another sister, Mary.

Courtesy of the Irish Times