Dolphin’s legendary out-half Barry Keeshan has been honoured by Cork Lord Mayor, Cllr Des Cahill, for being the all-time record points scorer in the history of the Ulster Bank League.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill, said: “Barry Keeshan’s record of scoring 1620 points in the All-Ireland League is phenomenal and we in Cork city are delighted to honour Barry. Great players have graced the AIL during the 14 years Barry played in the league yet his contribution will surpass many achievements. It’s interesting that the record holder until recently was current Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy.”
Keeshan began his rugby career with the Cork Constitution mini section before going to Presentation College where he won a Munster Junior Cup. He then joined UCC where he guided them to an All-Ireland Under-20 title.
Barry made his All-Ireland League debut with UCC while scoring 164 points before joining Cork Con for one season. His prolific point-scoring is largely with Dolphin where he is currently assistant coach and continues to line out at number 10 for the Musgrave Park side.
The former Ireland Club international star paired up with Chris Rowe in a coaching duo to steer Dolphin away from relegation in a dramatic conclusion to the 2016/17 season. The Corkmen held onto their Division 1B status thanks to six wins in a row, including a crucial 13-6 play-off final victory over Nenagh Ormond in which Keeshan kicked eight points.
BARRY KEESHAN’S ULSTER BANK LEAGUE POINTS-SCORING RECORD:
1483 Points at Dolphin
164 Points at UCC
18 Points at Cork Constitution
1665 Points minus 45 All-Ireland Cup Points = 1620 All-Ireland League Points