Mathew came through the ranks as a duel player winning underage football and hurling titles for the “Town”.
He was a regular on the celebrated hurling team that won four county championships on the trot for the “Town” from 1981 –’84. A star forward who shot many vital scores for the “Town”, he went on to win further titles in 1987 and ’89 and earn himself an honoured place in the golden years of Portlaoise hurling
In the Summer of 1998 Portlaoise Senior Hurlers were in the midst of their preparations for a senior Hurling Championship game. Seamus “Cheddar” Plunkett was our manager then and, as the Players togged out in the dressing room, he was pacing the side of the main pitch waiting for a juvenile football match to finish so he could set out his cones and drills.