Galway mourns Marty Barrett

September 25, 2009

The Galway team that defeated Cork in the 1975 All Ireland semi final. The late Marty Barrett is pictured 4th from the left front row.
Galway GAA is mourning the death of former county hurling star Marty Barrett after a short illness. Aged 56, Barrett was a central figure in Galway's emergence as a hurling force in the 1970s which culminated in Liam McCarthy wins in 1980, '87 and '88. He was corner forward on the team that won the 1972 All-Ireland under 21 title and was also part of the 1975 National League winning side. A member of the Padraig Pearses club in east Galway, he moved to Wexford in the late 1970s where he took up a teaching post in St. Peter's College. Frank Burke, who was a team-mate of Barrett's, recalled how he battled with a broken thumb to play in the 1975 All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. "He trained with a cast on his hand from the time we beat Cork in the semi-final to the week of the final against Kilkenny. He managed to line out against Kilkenny in the final, which showed the resolve he had."

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