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Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh on the late Jimmy Doyle (76): He's ranked among the very, very best

Published 23/06/2015 | 09:12

The Tipperary captain Jimmy Doyle leads the Tipperary and Wexford teams duirng the parade ahead of the 1965 All-Ireland against Wexford
The Tipperary captain Jimmy Doyle leads the Tipperary and Wexford teams duirng the parade ahead of the 1965 All-Ireland against Wexford
5 September 1965; Tipperary captain Jimmy Doyle, right, and Wexford captain Tom Neville before the game. All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Tipperary v Wexford, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE
Former Tipperary hurler Jimmy Doyle
Tipperary's Jimmy Doyle holds the Liam MacCarthy Cup as he is held aloft by Tipperary supporters after his side's vitory over Wexford in 1965. All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Tipperary v Wexford, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE
Jimmy Doyle

Legendary broadcaster Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh has paid tribute to the Tipperary hurling great Jimmy Doyle who passed away yesterday at the age of 76.

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The Thurles Sarsfields clubman is widely regarded as one of the best players to pick up a hurley.

Doyle was named on the Team of the Century in 1984. He followed up that honour by being named on the team of the Millennium in 1999.

The  icon won six All-Irelands and seven National Leagues during a glittering intercounty career from 1957-1973.

Regarded as one of the game's greatest players, he also won nine Munster SHC medals and was named on the team of the century in 1984, and the Millennium selection announced in 1999.

He also won 10 county titles with his club.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One, Ó Muircheartaigh: "I knew Jimmy for a long number of years. Strangely, at the match in Thurles on Sunday I spoke to a few people and Jimmy Doyle cam into the reckoning.

"He's ranked among the very, very best ever and proof of that was, he was on the Team of the Millennium, the Team of the Century.

"He was unique... he told me once that he had a fascination with the skill and uniqueness of Christy Ring.

"He lived close to Semple Stadium and anytime Cork were playing, he'd be one the same side of the field as Christy Ring looking in and that meant switching to the other side of the field for the second half.

"Even though he was 19 years junior to Christy Ring, they won five Railway Cups together. Christy won 18 in all, Jimmy had the honour and the privilege to be there when he won five of those.

"He played in four minor All-Irelands, I don't know of anyone else who ever did that. '54 when they were beaten by a very good Dublin minor team but then he won the following three.

"He played in '58 (senior All-Ireland), he was still not 20 years of age, won his first of six All-Ireland medals. Six Railway Cup medals, 10 county hurling medals with Thurles Sarsfields. Anything required of a hurler of the top class, Jimmy Doyle had them."

Ó Muircheartaigh said that Doyle stayed away from the limelight but was known and respected everywhere.

"Playing the game was everything to him, he practiced against the walls of Semple Stadium, he lived close by... off the big door, he said he once hopped sliotars off that," he added

"He was a quiet man, he didn't relish the limelight.

"He loved playing the game and played right up to 1973. Very well liked, a quiet man.

"He was known everywhere and respected everywhere."

Tributes have been pouring in since the news broke last night:


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