"There were no All-Ireland S.H. club championships in the days of Matt Hackett, Bill Cullinane, the Fahys, Connors, Gilmores, Molloys, Egans, Shaughnessys, the Nolans, Burkes, Abbertons.
Yet it was the great hurling skill and prowess of men like Matt Hackett, Willie Fahy, Mickey Burke, Johnny Molloy, Padhraic Nolan, Seamus Cullinane, Paddy Egan, Stephen Francis, Mickey Glynn, Eddie Abberton, Ted Murphy (of the present team) who soldiered down the years to build that great tradition.
It was they who sowed the seeds of ambition in the present squad and made hurling a way of life in the area. All these men and the teams of the past deserve congratulations for keeping the hurling torch alight" (Ref. The Galway Advertiser, June the 5th, 1980)