Harry Cahill: 1930- 2009

Irish hockey Hall of Famer Harry Cahill passed away last Friday at the age of 79. Widely regarded as the best goalkeeper to ever don the pads for Ireland, he earned 72 Irish caps during a 20-year period stretching from 1953 to 1973.

During that period, he was selected for three Olympic Games for Great Britain – finishing in fourth in Rome in 1960, ninth Tokyo in 1964 and 12th in Mexico in 1968 where he was Britain’s oldest Olympian at those Games.

He also played with the Irish side for the first European Nations Cup in 1970, aged 40.

In a time of minimal protective gear, Cahill was revered for his fearless approach to the game allied with razor-sharp reflexes and athleticism.

He played his initial club hockey with Pembroke Wanderers before moving across channel to play with the Coventry and North Warwickshire club.

He was inducted into the IHA Hall of Fame in 2006.

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