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Oldest winner passes away

Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00

Martin White was the oldest holder of an All-Ireland medal. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin White was the oldest holder of an All-Ireland medal. Photo: Sportsfile

The oldest holder of an All-Ireland medal has died at the age of 102, WRITES COLM KEYS.

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Former Kilkenny hurler Martin White won All-Ireland medals in 1932, '33 and '35 in a distinguished career.

A county championship winner with Tullaroan, he also played in the famous 1931 final with Cork, when three games were required before Cork emerged victorious.

He was based in Dublin in recent years and visited Croke Park before this year's All-Ireland final meeting of his native county and Tipperary, where he was presented with a copy of the 1939 All-Ireland final programme.

He played in six All-Ireland finals in a seven-year period and always credited that 1931 final as being responsible for a resurgence in hurling.

In an interview for the final programme in September, White reflected on his time as a player, when the great Lory Meagher was among his team-mates.

"Hurling wasn't great in the 1920s, but those matches against Cork (in 1931) got crowds back into the game," he said.

Irish Independent

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