Archive for the ‘ Research ’ Category

Focus and intent

Nickey in action

Nickey in action

‘Cuchulainn’s Son. The story of Nickey Rackard.’ Tom Williams. Blackwater Press. 2006.
‘The Way I Saw It.’ Martin Codd. Corrigeen Tee Publishing. 2005.

The Rackard family

With Nickey and Ailish Rackard's three children, Berna, Marion and Bobby who continue to be an invaluable source of inspiration to me.


Looking through P A Crane's archive with photographer Ibar Carty (

Winners medal.

Nickey Rackard's 1956 All Ireland Final winner's medal. Courtesy of Bobby Rackard.


The sliothar used in the 1956 All Ireland Final. Wexford beat Cork by 2-14 to 2-8 and it was Nickey's last minute goal that sealed it for Wexford. Courtesy of Bobby Rackard.

First stop is a visit to Nickey's club, Rathnure St. Annes, courtesy of Tom Foley.

A hurl used by Billy Rackard in the 1955 All Ireland Final. This is in Croke Park Museum, Dublin, which is well worth a visit. Many thanks to Mark Reynolds for showing me around.

With Philip Doyle of Lash Go Leor (see Links on right hand column). Philip has made me this replica of a hurl from the 1950's. It is a beautiful object. I have this in the studio now and marvel at the workmanship.