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Billy Quinn, two-time All-Ireland minor winner with Tipperary and father of Niall, has died

Published 17/01/2016 | 21:02

Billy Quinn in 2003 as his son Niall was awarded an Honorary MBE, by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding services to international football and his contributions to UK charities. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Billy Quinn in 2003 as his son Niall was awarded an Honorary MBE, by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding services to international football and his contributions to UK charities. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The Tipperary County Board have confirmed the sad news that Billy Quinn, two-time All-Ireland champion and father of former Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn, has died.

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The Rahealty clubman captained the Tipperary minors to back-to-back All-Ireland victories in 1952-53, won a National League title with the Premier County and a host of trophies with his club.

On hearing of the passing of Billy Quinn, Tipperary Co. Board Chairman Michael Bourke paid this tribute, saying: “Men of the quality and calibre of Billy Quinn are unique in the GAA and his arrival on the Tipperary hurling scene at such a young age speaks volumes of his ability.

"Had government employment policy been different at the time I have no doubt that Billy would have had many Senior All-Ireland medals in his possession along with his two All-Ireland Minor medals.

"On behalf of Tipperary County Board we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Mary, sons and daughters Rosaleen, Gerry, Anne Marie and Niall and the extended Quinn family on the sad passing of their beloved Billy”.

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