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Friday 18 October 2019

Tompkins inducted into Hall of Fame

Larry Tompkins in attendance at the GAA Museum where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Larry Tompkins in attendance at the GAA Museum where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Paul Brennan

All-Ireland winning footballer with Cork, Larry Tompkins, has been inducted into the GAA's Hall of Fame in recognition of his extraordinary talent, skills, sportsmanship and ability to contribute to the overall performance of his team.

Tompkins was inducted on Tuesday along with Kerry's Denis 'Ogie' Moran and Colm O'Rourke from Meath. Hurling greats Nicky English (Tipperary), Conor Hayes (Galway) and Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton (Antrim) also joined an illustrious line-up in the GAA Museum Hall of Fame.

The six iconic players inducted into the Hall of Fame were from the period 1985 to 1989. They bring the total number of inductees to 54 across hurling and football.

Three-time All-Star winner Tompkins enjoyed a nine-year senior inter-county career with the Cork footballers and was captain when the Rebels won a second consecutive All-Ireland senior title in 1990. Larry also won six Munster senior titles and a National League. He first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a 16-year old in 1979 with his native Kildare. A member of the minor, U-21 and senior football teams, he experienced All-Ireland success with the U-21 team in 1983. On return from the United States in the mid-1980s, Larry settled in Cork and thus began his career for the Rebel county. In late 1996 he succeeded Billy Morgan as Cork manager and despite initial set-backs he guided the county to a National League and two Munster championships.

Personal objects from each of the inductees, including medals, jerseys, awards and other sporting memorabilia are on display in the GAA Museum's Hall of Fame. This permanent exhibition is one of the museum's most popular attractions and includes match footage featuring all 54 inductees narrated by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

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