Hall of Fame 2008

The Dorney Brothers

Back in 1956/57 Sarsfields achieved a remarkable grand slam of County Hurling Titles – Senior, Junior and Minor, and it was hurlers these squads which formed the base for the club’s Golden Era, when 10 senior hurling titles were won in 11years – a record unequalled by any other Tipperary club.

Among those to emerge from in that time and who were to become  key members of the senior team from the late 50’s right through the successful 60’s were the brothers Patsy and Michael Barton Dorney.

The lads shared in all the championships from 58 through to 65 and also wore the county jersey at minor and junior level. With Patsy winning a Minor All Ireland in 1955.

On the field they will be well remembered for their support for each other—Shouts of - Good Man Barton and - Well Done Patsy were the norm as they played together.

Patsy was a will o the wisp forward, who brought a huge energy to his game in any of the forward positions. In a highly skilled Sarsfields forward line, Patsy stood four square with the best, his pace courage and ability to pick off a score being a vital part of the Sarsfields armoury.  Patsy captained the Sarsfields to County Honours in 65 and has always remained a staunch supporter of the club, keenly following the exploits of his sons and grandsons in the Blue jersey.

His other great sporting passions were greyhound racing and athletics, in both of which he enjoyed great success and recently he was he was honoured with a Credit Union Person of the Year award for his contribution to athletics in the town of Thurles.

However he is first and foremost a Blue and will long be remembered as a hugely influential part of that all conquering team of the fifties and sixties.

Likewise Barton. Barton generally hurled in defence and such was his versatility that he could man any of the six backline spots and do equally well at midfield. Barton was a strong aggressive defender but also a most skilful one, who lined out with the Tipp juniors in 59 and 60.

At a time when club hurling was supreme in Tipperary, Barton played and matched the best. Colleagues remember him as a staunch backman who was never found wanting, when the pressure was on and who could always be relied upon to give 100%.

The Dorney Brothers brought great honour and glory to themselves and Sarsfields in their outstanding careers – Much as did other Bands of Brothers in Blue such as the Keanes, Mahers, Murphys, Doyles and many others down the years.

 It is entirely fitting that the club should salute the Dorney Brothers with this presentation tonight.