27 AUGUST 2013 02:30 PM
PEADAR CARTON senior was a soldier of Dublin hurling back in the tough days of the 1970s and ’80s. He represented the Dubs with distinction, however, and was a regular on the Leinster Railway Cup team, winning the inter-provincial series in 1978.
Both his sons, Peadar junior and Michael, have been central to the county’s hurling revolution under Anthony Daly, while Peadar senior himself was on the management of the Dublin u21 side that tasted Leinster glory in 2007. He is an O’Toole’s legend, he holds three senior championship medals (1977, 1984 and 1990).
GREATEST INTER-COUNTY ACHIEVEMENT?
It’s a hard one because I played with Dublin for years, but I never even played in a Leinster final. I do have a Railway Cup medal with Leinster. In my time, we didn’t get the breaks we needed to take that next step. In 1981, when Offaly made the breakthrough, we played Kilkenny in the semi-final and I think we should have won that day. They got a goal in the last minute. If we had won that day, I believe we could have gone on and done something big. We had good teams and some great players.
I always wanted to play in a Leinster final. As a manager of the under-21s, we got beaten in the All-Ireland final in 2007 and that was very disappointing. Galway gave us a bit of a trimming and that was the disappointing thing about it.
YOUR FONDEST CLUB MEMORIES?
To win a club championship is great because they are very hard to win. We had great teams in the 1980s and we won a couple of championships. I won three and was beaten in a couple as well. The last year I played was 1990 and we won that year, we beat St Vincent’s in a replay.
Joe Connolly of Galway – real tough man. Martin Quigley of Wexford … I always found him really hard to mark.
BEST PLAYER YOU PLAYED WITH
Mickey Holden. Him and Vinnie, his brother, were certainly great players.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER?
My dad, Peadar, was a great Gaelic man. I also just loved watching Kilkenny hurling. My hero was Ollie Walsh.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MODERN HURLING IN COMPARISON TO YOUR ERA?
They are looked after so much better now and that’s only right because they give up so much time now to play.
In my day, if you got an injury you looked after yourself more or less … we’d be lucky to be given a hurl!
But the professional side of things is for the better. I see with my lads, the amount of time they give up is fantastic.
It’s nice to see the Dublin lads getting the recognition this year. But loads of counties do the same hard work and get no recognition.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DUBLIN’S YEAR?
I think the ref had a big bearing on the Cork game because the first booking on Ryan O’Dwyer was a farce.
In the first half, Cork were running us all over the place.
But in the second I felt we got to grips with them and were on top – only the sending off killed us.
But Dublin can certainly build on it, their achievements of this year (first Leinster SHC since 1961).
Why can’t they build on it?
This is what we’ve been waiting for, we got the break winning Leinster and let’s go a step further next.