Tipperary hurling legend Liam Devaney has died aged 82
Tipperary GAA are mourning the loss of five-time All-Ireland winner Liam Devaney who died after a short illness on Tuesday. He was aged 82.
Devaney was an integral part of the legendary Tipp side on the 60s that brought home the Liam MacCarthy four times in fives years.
A versatile player, the Borris-Ileigh clubman played in five different positions in his five All-Ireland victories and lined out in every position except full-back during his time with the Premier County
In the 1961 All Ireland final, he switched to centre back after Tony Wall retired injured and guided Tipp to a one point win over Dublin.
The Irish Independent noted his contribution to the victory – ‘’His all-round hurling ability and dauntless spirit were more evident than ever on Sunday and his coolness, ball control and ability to evade the tackle at centre back, to deliver match winning clearances were a revelation’’. Not surprisingly that newspaper selected Liam as its ‘Sports Star of the Week’.
He was recognised in 1961 when he was presented with the Texaco Hurler of the Year award.
His other achievements include three Railway Cup medals in 1961, 63 and 66 and six Oireachtas medals, won between 1960 and 68. He also win a county title with Borris-Ileigh in 1953.
Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke paid tribute to the late Liam Devaney on hearing of his passing.
“During a golden era for Tipperary hurling, Liam Devaney was a key contributor to the county’s fortunes," he said.
"Not alone was he fearless and charismatic but he also possessed a tremendous hurling brain which epitomised his determination to deliver success for Tipperary.
Sad to hear of the passing of Liam Devaney. One of the greats of Tipperary hurling. A man that could play any part of the field. RIP— Tom Maher (@TomMaher8) August 15, 2017
"I have known Liam for many years and such was his presence that his jovial nature and character would ensure he would take centre stage in any company. Tipperary has lost a great son, friend and acquaintance."
Liam Devaney’s Major Honours List
All Ireland Senior Hurling (5) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965
Munster Senior Hurling (8) – 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967 & 1968
Caltex Hurler of the Year (1) – 1961
National Hurling League titles (8) 1954/55, 1956/57, 1958/59, 1959/60,
1960/61, 1963/64, 1964/65 & 1967/68
Oireachtas Cup (6) – 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1968
Railway Cup with Munster (3) – 1961, 1963 & 1966
All Ireland Minor Hurling (2) -1952 & 1953
Munster Minor Hurling (2) -1952 & 1953
Co. Senior Hurling (1) -1953
North Tipp Senior Hurling (4) – 1953, 1955, 1972 & 1973
Knocknagow Award -2015
Cu Chulainn Award Winner – 1963 (right corner forward).