New documentary to be made on Cork sporting legend Christy Ring's life

New documentary to be made on Cork sporting legend Christy Ring's life
Christy Ring in action for Cork against Dublin in the National Hurling League at The Mardyke, Cork on March 9, 1952. Irish Examiner Archive 

Emmy multi award-winning documentary producers are gearing up to make a documentary about a local Cork sporting legend.

Makers of The Game: The Story of Hurling, Crossing the Line Productions, is in the midst of making its latest documentary entitled Ring The Greatest all about the life and times of hurler Christy Ring.

A spokesperson for CTL Films said that during the making of the four part RTÉ series, The Game: The Story of Hurling, which Christy was part of, producers realised there was “so much more to Christy Ring's story” than they could give time to in the series.

“We often use the word legend to describe players but for Ring this truly applies. We want to examine his life and times to reveal the sporting and cultural impact he has had on both hurling and Ireland.

“He created the template for sporting greatness that still stands today. He was our first real sporting superstar, yet remained doggedly ordinary. His fame spread far and wide, even Sports Illustrated described him as the “Babe Ruth” of Ireland and with this film we're hoping to preserve his incredible legacy for a whole new generation. Colm O' Callaghan was our commissioning editor in RTÉ for the hurling series and being a proud Cork man was a driving force for this project too,” the spokesperson told The Echo.

Born in 1920, Christy Ring had a stellar hurling career with the Cork senior team which spanned from 1939 to 1963.

Widely regarded as the greatest hurler in the history of the game by former players, commentators and fans, the Corkman represented the Munster interprovincial team for a record 23 consecutive seasons, during which time he won a record 18 Railway Cup medals, tallied 33 goals and 208 points, and won eight All-Ireland medals.

His retirement came prior to the start of the 1964 championship when he failed to be selected for the Cork hurling team.

Producers of the new 4k documentary special which sets out to cover Christy's entire life from beginning to end are leaving no stone unturned and are asking members of the public to have their involvement in the documentary by supplying them with any unseen archive film, photographs or audio of legendary hurler.

The spokesperson for Crossing the Line Productions said: “One of the challenges with telling any story from the past is having the audio and visual material to back up the wonderful memories people recount.

“We're hoping that around the country there might be photographs, audio recordings or footage of Christy Ring that people have from throughout his life that maybe hasn't been seen or heard before - it doesn't have to be only related to hurling.

“We can't promise everything will be used in the documentary but the idea is to bring as much of the archive material to screen as possible.” 

Anyone who would like to contribute to the project can email or visit

The film is due to be released in October of this year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Christy Ring's birth.

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