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Tributes paid as Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle passes away

Published 22/06/2015 | 23:34

24 July 2000; A new set of stamps which honour the game of hurling and its greatest players goes on sale next week following the announcement today, July 24, of the An Post-GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium. The team was chosen by a panel of experts nominated by the Association. Pictured in Croke Park are from ( left to right ) Brian Whelahan, (Offaly), Eddie Keher, (Kilkenny), Jimmy Doyle, ( Tipperary), Ray Cummins, ( Cork), John Doyle, (Tipperary), and Tony Reddan, (Tipperary). Picture credit; Gerry Barton/SPORTSFILE
24 July 2000; A new set of stamps which honour the game of hurling and its greatest players goes on sale next week following the announcement today, July 24, of the An Post-GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium. The team was chosen by a panel of experts nominated by the Association. Pictured in Croke Park are from ( left to right ) Brian Whelahan, (Offaly), Eddie Keher, (Kilkenny), Jimmy Doyle, ( Tipperary), Ray Cummins, ( Cork), John Doyle, (Tipperary), and Tony Reddan, (Tipperary). Picture credit; Gerry Barton/SPORTSFILE

TIPPERARY GAA was plunged into mourning this evening following the sudden death of legendary former hurler Jimmy Doyle.

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The Thurles Sarsfields icon won six All-Ireland senior medals and seven National League crowns during a glittering intercounty career from 1957-1973.

24 July 2000; A new set of stamps which honour the game of hurling and its greatest players goes on sale next week following the announcement today, July 24, of the An Post-GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium. The team was chosen by a panel of experts nominated by the Association. Pictured in Croke Park are from ( left to right ) Brian Whelahan, (Offaly), Eddie Keher, (Kilkenny), Jimmy Doyle, ( Tipperary), Ray Cummins, ( Cork), John Doyle, (Tipperary), and Tony Reddan, (Tipperary). Picture credit; Gerry Barton/SPORTSFILE
24 July 2000; A new set of stamps which honour the game of hurling and its greatest players goes on sale next week following the announcement today, July 24, of the An Post-GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium. The team was chosen by a panel of experts nominated by the Association. Pictured in Croke Park are from ( left to right ) Brian Whelahan, (Offaly), Eddie Keher, (Kilkenny), Jimmy Doyle, ( Tipperary), Ray Cummins, ( Cork), John Doyle, (Tipperary), and Tony Reddan, (Tipperary). Picture credit; Gerry Barton/SPORTSFILE

Regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever players, Doyle also collected nine Munster SHC medals and was named on the Hurling team of the century in 1984, and the Millennium selection announced in 1999.

Tributes to Doyle were pouring in last night on social media, including a reflection from Labour’s Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly.

Mr Kelly, a Tipperary native, commented: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Jimmy Doyle, a genius on the pitch and gentleman off it.”

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