Seamus Mc Cabe - Ulster's Greatest Handballer

It isn't often that Monaghan leads the way in All-Irelands but in the world of handball, we suddenly found ourselves right at the Top, and the man who put us there was a tall, blonde twenty-three years old Clones lad, by name Seamus McCabe, who made history in 1966 by becoming the first Ulsterman ever to win an All-Ireland Senior Handball title.

For Seamus, 1966 was certainly a year of glory and the culmination of years of effort and a long string of successes in secondary grades all of which was moulding the left-handed Clones star into an All-Ireland Champion and the hero of all Ulster followers of the game. More credit to him then and to that fine handler of his, Paddy McElroy, who more than anyone else, has guided Seamus on the glorious road to success. A fine combination they have proved themselves to be and many more glorious moments are assured for them.

Seamus McCabe first hit the headlines back in 1960, when still only a teenager, he reached the All-Ireland Minor Softball Singles Final. He beat Nicholas Kerins of Kerry in the semi-final but lost to the more experienced Tom Ledwith of Westmeath in the Final. The Monaghan man, however, was eligible to compete in the minor grade the following year, but in 1961 this title went to Ritchie Lyng of Wexford who was to have many thrilling contests with Seamus some years later.


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