Fingal fast bowling legend Sean Moore has passed away. He was a fearsome fast bowler who terrorized many batters in the Leinster leagues in a career than spanned over 40 years.
By way of tribute we reproduce an interview with Sean and David Mecalf which appeared in the Irish Cricketer back in 1985 when he was 51 years old.
"I played with some great cricketers," says Sean Moore, who finds it hard to understand why none ever featured with the Irish side. He was talking to me of his 32 seasons (plus) playing a game which still inspires him.
But if anyone from Knockbrack has had the potential to go to the highest level then surely Sean himself was the most likely candidate; a magnificent canny bowler aand more than competetent bat.
I have never met any bowler in non-senior cricket who attracts such awe. He used to be demon quick. Even yet, with a four pace run-up and round arm slinging action, he can generate unecpected zip as he keeps plopping the ball on the spot. Control of line is immaculate, and he continues to take a victim for every 10 runs scratched off his bowling.
In appearnce he is country cute, with one eye screwed up - is it agains the sun or to hide the thought processes which will steal another wicket? For him cricket is woven into the seasonal agricultural cycle. But for all his air of timelessness, he has displayed in his career tremendous ability to adapt to changing conditions.
He was even one of the first in Leinster to buy a helmet, and he takes the slagging it attracts in good part. Sean Moore comes from a very strong cricketing tradition, His father played, and Knockbrack celebrated its centenary a few years back. Nevertheless, he was 19 before he could get a regular game for the local side in the early 1950's. There was a strict pecking order on seniority. Younger players might have to wait their turn until 10 o'clock just to get a chance at the nets which were held each evening. Mere talent was no cause to expect selection ahead of the elders.
THE OLD DAYS
Sean learnt his game on very rough wickets, and at Skerries and Portrane neither was the outfield that was likely to be kept under any sort of control. Batsmen generally had to lift the ball if they wanted to have any chance of scoring.
"There was no such thing as stroke-play."It is stillvery difficult to get the Moore maestro away without being catchably uppish. He must have picked up a thing or two from the likes of Kitt Mooney (Balrothery) and German Murphy who were the noted Fingal practioners of the day - not least how to bowl straight.
Soon, however, young Moore's ambitions demanded a wider stage. He made the journey to Rush in search of Leinster League experience. Rush were blessed with a 'made wicket" in the middle of Lord Kenure's demesne - an estate since divided up and ploughed, much to Sean's visible resentment.
Team mates there in the late 50s and 60s included Steve and Paddy Carthy, Paddy and Con Martin and Joe Connolly senior. The newcomer was, by his own admission "terrible fast in them days". Paddy Martin resorted to keeping wicket with a chest pad.
The Knockbrack man once went through Carlisle for a searing short-cut in a cup semi-final. Brought on criminally late, when the Kimmage side needed only 20 more to win with only two wickets down, Moore claimed 8 for 8 to force a tie.
Perhaps it was a little late, 1970, when Sean already in his 30s went to Malahide, hoping to atain senior grade. He reckoned he would have made it too if he had stayed.
However, unexpected demands from his 100+ acre farm and he eventually returned to Knockbrack via Man O'War and Balbriggan.
His wife has a bucket of medals they've never taken time to count. He's still picking up awards - man of the match in last year's Intermediate Cup final.
He has been Knockbrack's leading bowler and batsman for the past six seasons or so. However he looks like conceding the batting to another all-rounder, Michael Gavin.
So is he losing the appetite? He confesses he doesn't wan to play as many matches as he used to. In 1986, he says he may drop down to the Junior League - if the Branch will accept such an exceedingly dubious registration!
Sean Moore died on Tuesday April 7th and was buried today. A memorial service will be held in his honour at a later date. Condolences to all his family. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.