By David Hennessy
Legends of hurling, including DJ Carey and John Power, will come to Hennessy’s in Kingsbury as guests of the Kilkenny Supporters Club London Branch on July 11. People will have the chance to meet DJ and John, as well as former Kilkenny forward Brian McEvoy and Tracy Millea formerly of Kilkenny camogie team and of the RTE Camogie panel.
DJ Carey is considered to be one of the greatest hurlers of all time. He played with Kilkenny from 1989 to 2006. Carey won five All Irelands, Ten Leinster titles, four National Leagues and nine All Stars in his time wearing the black and amber. His career tally of 34 goals and 195 points ranks him as Kilkenny’s third highest championship scorer of all-time. He has been repeatedly voted onto teams made up of the sport’s greats, including on the Kilkenny Hurling Team of the Century in 2000 and on a special Leinster Hurling Team (1984-2009).
Since retiring from the game, Carey has become involved with management, leading the Young Irelands club that he played with.
John Power played with Kilkenny from 1989 to 2004, winning four All Irelands, four Leinster titles, two National Leagues and four All Stars. John had the honour of being included on the Kilkenny Hurling Team of the Century.
John and DJ played together in the half-forward line for Kilkenny’s All-Ireland final victories over Cork in 1992 and Galway in 1993. Both would be involved in Kilkenny’s next All-Ireland win but had to wait until 2000. Power would appear as a substitute when Kilkenny were victorious in 2002.
Brian McEvoy played with Kilkenny from 1996 to 2003, winning two All Irelands, five Leinster titles and one All Star. Brian won All Irelands with his club James Stephens as well as his county. Cruelly, his career was cut short by knee injury.
Brian’s wife Tracy Millea has had a glittering career with Kilkenny’s camogie team and is well known from her career with RTE’s Sunday Game for over ten years.
Established in 2011, the Kilkenny Supporters Club London Branch has gone from strength to strength with many events featuring very esteemed guests that have been well attended. Previous guests include Eoin Larkin and Paul Murphy of the current Kilkenny team (Eoin has actually been twice, bringing the Liam McCarthy Cup on both occasions and the first time as captain in 2012), former Kilkenny cats Michael Kavanagh, Liam “Chunky” O’Brien, Galway’s Iarla Tannion while Tomas Mulcahy of the RTE GAA coverage has chaired several Q and As.
You can meet the Legends at Kingsbury’s Hennessy’s on Saturday July 11. There will be a Q and A session followed by music and dancing. There will also be a raffle and auction. For more information call Club Chairman Pat Byrne on 07711851836.