Sean came to James Stephens GAA club when he was apprenticed as
a painter / decorator with Mick Tyrrell in 1950. He played with the
club throughout the decade. Sean was a powerful corner back and
team captain when they won the county junior title in 1955. He
went on to captain Kilkenny to the All Ireland junior hurling title in 1956.
He continued hurling until 1959.
Thereafter he became involved on the club committee as an
officer and team selector. He became a Kilkenny senior hurling
selector in 1970. He served as county board and Northern board
delegate until 2008, promoting and defending the cause of James
Stephens with common-sense, fairness and integrity, hallmarks of the
man. He served on a host of county board committees and was highly
respected for his sound advice and support. He succeeded Bill Cody as
president in 2002, a mark of the esteem in which he was held by the membership.
Sean’s family continue to have an extraordinary involvement in the GAA with members of his
family working actively in all three city clubs and grandchildren playing with all three clubs.