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Ned Power 1929 - 2007 RIP
Ned Power - the former Waterford and Munster goalkeeper - acknowledged as one of the greatest players ever to stand between hurling posts, died on November 15, 2007 after a short illness.
Ned played hurling with his local clubs Dungarvan and Tallow and was a member of the Waterford senior inter-county team in the 1950s and 1960s.
In Tallow, the local club grounds are named in his honour - Pairc Éamonn de Paor
Power first came to prominence on the inter-county scene in the late 1940s as a dual player of both hurling and Gaelic football at minor level. He later graduated onto the county's senior hurling team where he became the first-choice goalkeeper in the early 1950s. At this time, however, Tipperary and Cork were the kingpins of Munster hurling, with all the other counties only providing a supporting role. All this changed in 1957 when Power won his first Munster title following a victory over reigning champions Cork. Waterford later played Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final, however, victory went to the men from Leinster on that occasion.
Two years later, in 1959, Power won a second provincial title. Once again, Waterford lined out in the championship decider and once again Kilkenny provided the opposition. The game ended in a draw, however, when the two sides met for the replay the men from Waterford made no mistake in defeating their near rivals and Power collected a coveted All-Ireland medal. In 1963 he added a National Hurling League medal to his collection before winning a third Munster title. For the third successive time, Kilkenny were Waterford's opponents in the All-Ireland final. However, the men from the Déise were beaten on that occasion. Power retired from inter-county hurling shortly after winning a Railway Cup medal with Munster in 1966.
In retirement from hurling Power maintained a keen interest in coaching. A teacher by profession in Scoil Mhuire in Tallow, his coaching methods with Tallow GAA saw the club win almost every available county title between 1966 and 1980.
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