1920 Faughs All Ireland Winning Team representing Dublin

In 1920, having won the Dublin Hurling Championship, Faughs went on to represent Dublin in the all Ireland Series.After beating Kilkenny in the Leinster Final, Dublin/Faughs went on to the final with Cork as the opposition.

In the All Ireland Final, not actually played until May 1922 due to the War of Independence, and witnessed by a record crowd, Dublin/Faughs won the All Ireland Title on a scoreline of 4-9 to 4-3.

Match report from the Freeman’s Journal

Tommy Moore

Moore was often described as a ‘swift and reliable winger’ who regularly lined out for Dublin and his beloved Faughs. Though he enjoyed a distinguished inter-county career, winning two All-Irelands with Dublin in 1917 and 1920, it was Moore’s commitment to his club which sealed his reputation as ‘Club-man supreme’.

During his playing career with Faughs he won twelve county championships and four Leinster titles.

After hanging up his boots and acquiring his bar on Cathedral Street, which he renamed ‘Gaelic Bar’, Moore devoted himself to Faughs and gave over 40 years of service to the club acting as both Chairman and Honorary President.

As one of the founding committee members that purchased and presented the Sam Maguire Senior Football Championship trophy in 1927; it was only fitting that after his death, Faughs commissioned and donated the Tommy Moore Cup, Senior All-Ireland Hurling Club final trophy to the GAA in 1974.

Jim Walsh

Jim (Builder) Walsh played for Kilkenny from 1915 to 1919.

He joined Faughs in 1919 and played for the club for the following fifteen years.

Jim contested seven All-Ireland hurling finals, losing two with Kilkenny and winning three (1920, 1924 and 1927) with Dublin. He was also on two losing Dublin sides – 1921 and 1930 as captain.

He was the only hurler to play in three Tailteann Games and also played international Shinty against Scotland.

With Faughs he won five Dublin S.H. medals and  six Dublin S.H. league medals.

Chairman of Dublin county board in 1929 and 1930.

Bob Mockler (captain)

A celebrated midfielder, Bob Mockler had previously lined out for his native Tipperary. In particular, he had travelled to Brussels in 1908 to play an exhibition hurling match against Cork and had been part of the 1909 and 1913 Tipperary teams which had lost their All Ireland Hurling finals against Kilkenny.

After moving to Dublin in 1914, he joined Faughs GAA club, with whom he would win seven Metropolitan championships and nine league titles.

Playing for Dublin he served a pivotal role in securing All-Ireland victories in 1917, 1920 and 1924. Noted for his skill and accuracy at taking frees, Mockler frequently proved to be a steadying leader on the pitch and among his younger teammates

Joe Phelan

Responsible for scoring the opening goal of the 1917 All-Ireland final for Dublin, Joe Phelan had already won an All-Ireland senior hurling championship with his native Laois in 1915. Once described as ‘one of the most dangerous forwards in the history of the game’, Phelan’s ability to score accurately from acute angles made him indispensable for any team. Bob Mockler anecdotally recounted how Dublin secured their 1920 All-Ireland victory after he and Tommy Moore convinced Phelan, who was studying medicine in UCD, to join the Dublin team three weeks before their final against Cork. Phelan went on to score a hat-trick of goals and secured his third All-Ireland medal. 

Jim Cleary

A North Tipperary man by birth, Jim Cleary’s hurling career – at both club and inter-county level – was Dublin-based. Having moved to the capital at an early age to work as a barman, Cleary joined Faughs. Described as ‘one of the greatest exponents’ of the game, Cleary enjoyed a long and successful career with Faughs and Dublin. By the time he hung up his boots in 1922, he had helped Faughs attain eight senior championships and Dublin two All-Ireland’s (1917 and 1920). Despite being briefly imprisoned for his patronage of the First Dáil Loan in 1920. A gifted footballer and handball player, Cleary was Chairman of the Great Southern Railway Handball Board at the time of his death in 1938. Unsurprisingly, given his close links with the GAA community, his pub on Amiens street (J & M Cleary’s) continues to be a popular haunt for many visiting Gaels straight off the train on match days.

Mick Neville

Kilfinny native Mick Neville lined out for Faughs and Dublin for almost a decade. During that period of time, he almost exclusively occupied the full-forward position on both teams. With Dublin, he won four Leinster medals (1917, 1919, 1920 and 1921) and two All-Ireland’s (1917 and 1920). During the early 1920s, Neville returned to live and hurl in Limerick. Subsequently, he secured a Munster medal and lost an All-Ireland final to Galway in 1923.

Upon returning to Kilfinny, Neville focused on rebuilding his local GAA club. As a result, Kilfinny’s senior hurling team regularly competed for glory during the hard-fought Limerick championships of the late 1920s. When his playing career came to an end, Neville turned to refereeing and was later appointed Treasurer of the West Limerick GAA County Board for a number of years.

Martin Hayes

A native of Crecora Co. Limerick, Martin Hayes was one of the best-known hurlers of his generation. In 1911, he had narrowly missed out on an All-Ireland medal, when Limerick had beaten Kilkenny. After moving to Dublin in 1915, he played, typically in the full-back position, for Commercials Hurling Club as well as Faughs. In total, he won three All-Ireland’s with Dublin in 1917, 1920 and 1927- having come out of inter-county retirement and nearing 40 years of age to win the latter. One of the founders of the Garda Hurling Club, he also won an Army championship medal.