Wednesday 29 January 2020

Tipperary hurling legend Liam Devaney has died aged 82

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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.

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“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.

"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).

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