Kilkenny’s Frank Cummins is widely recognised as one of the all-time greatest midfielders in hurling. Between 1968 and his retirement from senior inter-county hurling in 1984 he won eight All-Ireland senior medals with Kilkenny – seven on the field of play.
He joined the Kilkenny senior team for an Oireachtas game in 1966, was a non-playing substitute when Kilkenny won the All-Ireland in 1967 before he secured a regular place on the team in 1968. In addition to All-Ireland honours, Frank won 11 Leinster titles, three National Leagues and six Railway Cups. He was named on the All Star hurling team on four occasions and, in 1983, he was named Texaco Hurler of the Year.
At club level, Frank also enjoyed remarkable success. Following secondary school in Belcamp College, where he played hurling and football and won a Leinster medal in the latter sport, he played junior hurling with Knocktopher, the forerunner of the famous Ballyhale Shamrocks club. After joining the ranks of the Gardai, he was posted to Cork where he joined the Blackrock club. Frank played a pivotal part in a brilliant Blackrock team that won six county titles, five Munster club titles, and three All-Ireland club titles.