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Jim Stynes and his brother Brian, left, during  the National Anthems at the International Rules series in Melbourne in October 2011

Jim Stynes and his brother Brian, left, during the National Anthems at the International Rules series in Melbourne in October 2011

Jim, left, and Brian stynes during the Blue Stars game in Ballyboden Endas on New Years Eve 1996

Jim, left, and Brian stynes during the Blue Stars game in Ballyboden Endas on New Years Eve 1996

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Jim Stynes and his brother Brian, left, during the National Anthems at the International Rules series in Melbourne in October 2011

Fighting back tears, Brian Stynes paid tribute to his older brother, saying his death had left a ‘‘six-foot-seven gap in our lives’’.

‘We could not have a better son, brother and uncle. I tried following in his footsteps but they were always too big,’’ Brian said.

He described their ‘‘noisy, busy and sometimes eccentric’’ childhood home in Ballyboden that was always full of bicycles and football boots.

He said their family was devastated when Melbourne recruited Stynes in 1984 and recalled how the family would line up to speak to him during his phone call home once a week.

"We were all devastated at the thought of Jimmy being so far away. Australia to us really was the other side of the world," said Mr Stynes.

"Jimmy was only allowed to ring home once a week. This was the highlight of our week and I can remember us all waiting to speak to Jimmy. We all loved and missed him so much."

Fighting back tears he described his older brother Jim as his best friend.

"He was a big, generous and fun older brother and we all adored him," he said.

Brian Stynes followed his brother into the sport and was on Dublin’s winning team in the 1995 all-Ireland senior football championship against Tyrone.

The All Star winner said in his eulogy: "I tried following in his footsteps, but they were always too big."

‘‘He had high personal expectations of us and we each tried to live up to them,.”

Brian Stynes said the sporting great had touched many people in his life, describing him as an inspiration to all.

"He leaves a 6ft 7" gap in our lives that will always be empty but I take some comfort that he will be forever in our hearts," he said.