Cashman began his hurling in the manner of most up and coming hurlers in this city by playing in his local parish of Blackrock.
In 1974 the team won the Cork minor county hurling and football championships and the same year Tom Cashman, Dermot McCurtain, Danny Buckley, and Finbarr Delaney won inter-county minor hurling and football championship medals with Cork.
Tom made his senior hurling debut for Cork in October 1976 when he came on for Cork in a National League game but the following September he played midfield on the Rebels side that won the All-Ireland final against Wexford.
“I will always cherish that particular day as I felt so proud when the final whistle went and although it’s hard for me to explain the buzz I got but it’s a day I will never forget,” Tom said about 1986.
“To be honest I never intended it to be a long career as a Cork coach as I had been involved for nearly seven years as a selector between minor and senior teams.
There is little doubt Tom Cashman was a hurling artist whose stickwork and sportsmanship are now a byword in hurling circles.