The Sporting Life | Michael O Connor | January 24th

Former Waterford hurler Michael O Connor will feature on this evening's "The Sporting Life" on WLR.

The Cappoquin native sat down with his brother Kieran to discuss his life in hurling - a career which saw him win All Ireland Minor & Senior medals as well as a Railway Cup medal with Munster.

Michael is one of only three people who have both Minor & Senior medals along with Mick Flannley and Tom Cunningham.

In 1948 he was part of Cappoquin's  Magnificent 7  when the Waterford minors had six players from Cappoquin along with team Manager Paddy Cunningham.


The right wing-back won Minor Munster & All Ireland minor medals in '48 year when Waterford won the double as well as their First Senior All Ireland title.

In 1957, he won Munster & All Ireland runners-up medals with Waterford along with a Railway Cup medal with Munster. Plus a Sergeant cup medal with Cappoquin who beat star-studded Mt. Sion in the Final.

He was also a member of the Waterford Senior Football team who shocked Kerry in the Munster Semi-Final at Walsh Park in'57.

In 1958 he was hospitalised with TB for several months which almost ended his career but came back to play again in 1959 when he claimed his first senior All-Ireland medal with Waterford - a feat that is yet to be repeated by the county. The county would also take the Munster title on their way to Croke Park that year.


Michael would retire from playing Gaelic Games a year later in 1960.

You'll be able to hear from Michael - in conversation with his brother Kieran, this evening after the six o clock news on WLR.