Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle passes away at 76
Tributes have been paid to legendary Tipperary hurler and six-time All-Ireland winner Jimmy Doyle who has passed away aged 76.
The Thurles Sarsfields clubman was considered one of the greatest hurlers of all time and 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.
Stars of the game past and present heaped praised on the half forward who was a star on the brilliant Tipp side of the 1960s.
His former team mate Babs Keating, who was on the senior hurling panel for eight years with Doyle before he retired in 1971, said he is rightly regarded as one of the best hurlers of all time.
"I was very sad when I heard of his passing. The best honour I can pay him is to say he was every bit as good as Christy Ring. Everything came so simply to him," Babs told the Irish Independent last night.
"He was a genius with the hurley and could do things with it others could only dream of."
Doyle was considered one of the best scorers in the game and managed to rack up staggering totals despite being slight of build.
Babs added that Christy Ring once told him if Doyle had been bigger there would have been "no doubt who was the best hurler".
Former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins also paid tribute last night. He wrote on Twitter: "Tipp has lost one of its great hurling legends. RIP Jimmy Doyle, a real gentleman."
Doyle captained Tipperary to All-Ireland glory on two occasions - in 1962 and 1965 - and he also won a total of seven National Hurling League titles, eight Railway Cup titles and recorded a remarkable three-in-a-row of Minor All-Ireland titles, from 1955 to 1957.
He enjoyed great success at club level as well winning 10 county titles with Sarsfields.
He was regarded as a "very humble and shy man" but was hugely popular throughout the whole GAA community --nowhere more so than in his home town of Thurles.
Environment Minister and Tipperary native Alan Kelly last night said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Jimmy Doyle, a genius on the pitch & gentleman off it."
RIP to the great Jimmy Doyle. By all accounts 1 of the most skilful hurlers in a time of hard men. #GAA— Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) June 23, 2015