Irish Examiner – The family of an Irish sporting legend who died in the UK 13 years ago said they’re delighted he’s finally home after scattering his ashes on a famous Cork cricket ground.


  • Noel Cantwell’s daughters, Kate and Liz Cantwell, were speaking after a moving prayer ceremony on the grounds of the Cork County Cricket Club on the Mardyke, where the Cork-born former Manchester United skipper, Irish soccer and cricket international embarked on his illustrious sporting career.
  • Kate said her father, who was born on December 28, 1932, at Elm Villas on the Mardyke, the youngest of eight children, loved as a child to play cricket with his brothers, Frank and Gerard, at the Cork County Cricket Grounds.
  • He scored 16 goals during his 245 league appearances, and in 1960, aged 29, he was snapped up by legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Matt Busby, for £29,500 — a then record for a full-back — and was a key player as Busby rebuilt his squad following the Munich Air Disaster.
  • “He used to get into trouble with Sir Matt Busby because my dad would spend summers travelling to Ireland and beyond for cricket,” Kate said.
  • David Griffin, treasurer of the Cork County Cricket Club, described Cantwell as a very fluent, stroke-making batsman and a brilliant fielder.

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