Teammates line out to say goodbye to Tipp hurling legend Jimmy Doyle
Published 25/06/2015 | 02:30
It was only fitting that the family, friends and fans of one of the greatest hurlers of all time would bid their final farewells to him in the home of Munster hurling.
GAA legends, friends, admirers and politicians queued for hours to say goodbye to the late Tipperary legend Jimmy Doyle as he reposed in the Sarsfield Social Centre in Semple Stadium for a number of hours yesterday evening.
The 76-year-old, who is survived by his daughter and two sons, passed away suddenly on Monday.
Among the thousands of mourners and admirers who descended upon Thurles for the removal of the six-time All-Ireland winner was Environment Minister Alan Kelly and former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry.
Team mates past and present also lined the streets to say goodbye to their friend.
Stars of the current Tipperary hurling team participated in the guard of honour, alongside Jimmy's former teammates from the times he wore the county and Sarsfield jerseys.
Former teammates in attendance included Sarsfields club president, 92-year-old Mickey "The Rattler" Byrne, Michael Murphy, Donie Nealon, Theo English, Tom Moloughney, Liam Devaney, John O Grady, Mackey McKenna, Billy Quinn, Noel O'Dwyer, and Jimmy Finn.
The late hurler, whose career spanned more than three decades, was then brought to the Church of St Joseph and St Brigid for the final time. His funeral mass will be held there shortly after 10am this morning.