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Joe Deane: Cork's Crafty & Daring Opportunist Hurling Forward
He was diminutive, dashing and daring and took on corner backs and full backs of great bulk and almost walked through them looking for his score, usually a white flag. He scored a total of 10 goals and 239 points in the red jersey of Cork from 1996 to 2008. Joe Deane, the Killeagh Co. Cork born hurler, will forever be fondly remembered by Cork fans as “Deano”. That war cry saluted many of the famous scores invented by Joe Deane. In his playing time with Cork he developed a cult hero fan base, reserved only for special players who can do no wrong in a Cork jersey.
Off the field Joe had an academic background and was recognised as one of the main persons who took on the Cork County G.A.A. Board and claimed for the players a new degree of respect for Cork’s players. Other prominent team players also worked with Joe to achieve their objectives and they got total support from all their team colleagues.
On the playing fields of Ireland the Killeagh hurler thrilled spectators, as only Joe Deane could, with his swift turns and twists as he made his way goalbound. He made his senior inter county debut, after winning a minor All Ireland in 1995 and his introduction came in 1996 in a National Hurling league game v Kerry.
The 1996 Munster senior hurling championship is best forgotten in Cork hurling circles, due to Cork coughing up a 75 year unbeaten home record in the provincial championship. The visitors were Limerick and they blitzed a Jimmy Barry Murphy led Cork team. In 1998 Cork were showing signs of a re-emergence and Joe Deane was an ever present in the Cork attack. A glorious national league title was claimed with victory over Waterford and Joe and company would follow up with a Munster senior hurling championship triumph.
In 1999. Back on the glory trail for All Ireland honours against red hot favourites, Kilkenny, now under Brian Cody, Cork marched to a famous victory and Joe Deane was awarded an All Star. The 1999 champion team was backboned by Cork’s 2 in a row All Ireland Under 21 teams of 1997/98 and Joe played a pivotal role in these great victories. Cork also won the Munster U21 title in 1996.
Following the 1999 triumph, Cork came unstuck against an unfancied Offaly in the All Ireland semi final of 2000, after winning the provincial title. Joe Deane was again rewarded with his second All Star in 2000. Cork and Joe Deane would not see Croke Park again until 2003 as Munster champions and despite missing a number of scoreable frees, Kilkenny walked away with the title by just 3 points. However the Killeagh man again had an impressive 2003 and gained his second All Star award.
The year 2004 saw Cork beaten by Waterford in the Munster final, but they came thundering back through the back door and won another glorious All Ireland title and again Joe Dean was the prime target man upfront. In 2005 the Munster title was claimed first and Galway fell to a great Cork team inspired by Joe Deane in the left corner of attack.
2006 witnessed one of Ireland’s most popular corner forwards in a brave battle against cancer and again Joe’s immense courage and battling qualities won the war for a great and famous hurler. Before his promotion to Cork seniors, Joe won 3 Fitzgibbon titles with U.C.C. in 1996/97/98. He also lost 2 Cork county finals playing with U.C.C. and Imokilly respectively. Blackrock were the victors in both finals. Joe hung up his Cork boots in 2009 and in 2012 continued to play for Killeagh in Cork senior hurling.
A giant and diminutive hurler, who fought great battles, is now enrolled in our scoreboardmemories.com All Ireland Hall Of Fame Online Gallery.
Derry JF Doody
Inter county Roll Of Honour - HURLING
All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals: 1999/2004/2005
All Ireland Under 21Hurling Medals: 1997/1998
All Ireland Minor Hurling Medal: 1995
Munster Senior Hurling Medals: 1999/ 2000/2003/2005/2006
Munster Under 21Hurling Medals: 1996; 1997 (sub); 1998
National Hurling League: 1997/98
All Star Awards: 1999; 2000; 2003
Railway Cup Medal: 2001
Harty Cup Medal: 1995
Freshers All Ireland Football Medal: 1996
Cork Junior Hurling Medal: 1995
Cork Intermediate Hurling Medal: 2001