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Medal awarded to Richard (Dick) Tobin, member of the Kilkenny hurling team that won the 1916 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Richard “Dick” Tobin (1895-1957) was a hurler for the Kilkenny senior team from 1916 until 1925. He made his first appearance for the team during the 1916 championship and became a regular player over the next decade. During that time he was awarded one All-Ireland winner’s medal and four Leinster medals. In his Military Pension application he stated “as an ex-Kilkenny All Ireland hurler I had the privilege of winning my first medal The Leinster Final for The Glorious Year of 1916 and I am sure there was very few at the period who were not connected in some way or another in The Cause of Ireland.”
Tobin was Secretary of the Sinn Féin Club headed by Sean Gibbons and Quarter Master of Clomantagh Company C under the direction of Commander Sam Walton of the North Kilkenny Battalion. Tobin participated in activities in Clomantagh, Urlingford, Templemore and Waterford and was imprisoned in seven gaols from September 1920 to January 1922 when he was released from prison in Cardiff, Wales.
The 1922 All Ireland Hurling Final match was delayed due to the Civil War and played on September 9, 1923 before a crowd of more than 26,000 in Croke Park. With three minutes to go Kilkenny fought back to with 2 goals by Paddy Donoghue and Dick Tobin to put the team ahead of their opponents Tipperary. The nail-biting finish saw Kilkenny's score of four goals and two points defeatTipperary's two goals and five points.
Tobin was awarded a Military Pension and the Black & Tan medal conferred on individuals who took part in the Irish War of Independence (1917 - 1921). He emigrated to New York in 1926 and contintued to play with the Kilkenny team there; in 1929 he was voted Gotham’s Most Popular GAA Hurler. He retired after the 1935 Championship and managed the team in 1955 and 1956.