Hayes was a member of the Clare senior hurling panel during the 1950s alongside a number of St Joseph’s clubmates including Matt Nugent, Johnny Purcell, Donal O Grady and Gerry Browne. He also won Championship medals with St Josephs in 1954 and 1958.
Among the many hurling greats that Mick faced during his hurling career were Tony Wall and Donie Nealon of Tipperary; John Keane of Waterford; Inky Flaherty, Jimmy Duggan and Joe Salmon of Galway; Dermot Kelly of Limerick; Tim Flood of Wexford; Sean Clohessy of Kilkenny; Paddy Barry and Christy Ring of Cork; Paddy Lawlor of Laois and Mick Birmingham of Dublin.
The former national schoolteacher at Ennis CBS also attained GAA fame as a referee and achieved one of his greatest distinctions in 1965 when he took charge of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final between Tipperary and Wexford.
Michael Hayes, Loughville, Ennis, Co Clare. (Ex N.T. Ennis CBS) 27th September, 2015 peacefully at Cahercalla Hospice. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, family Patrick, Marian (Eisenberg), Micheal, Shane and Kevin, son-in-law Hans, daughters-in-law Kathleen, Trocaire and Medori, 9 grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Reposing at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Ennis, on Monday, 28th September, from 5.30pm with removal to Ennis Cathedral at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass Tuesday, 29th September, at 11am. Burial afterwards in Drumcliffe Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Cahercalla Hospice.