Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tipperary hurling legend Mick Roche has passed away aged 73

The late Mick Roche
The late Mick Roche
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The GAA family in Tipperary is in mourning following news of the death of three-time All-Ireland winner Mick Roche aged 73.

The Carrick Davins clubman is widely regarded as one of the Premier county's greatest ever hurlers.

He made his senior debut for Tipp in 1963 and in 12 seasons playing inter-county hurling he won three All-Irelands (1964, '65 and '71), five Munsters, three National Leagues and three Railway Cups.

He was captain of the side that was beaten in back-to-back All-Irelands in '67 and '68.

He was named Man of the Match in 1968 game but declined to accept the award.

At club level he won two championship medals with Carrick Davins.

Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke said: “I like the whole of the hurling world is rocked with the news of the untimely passing of Mick Roche.

"Not only was Mick a legend who carried that tag with great humility, he was a colossus who earned tremendous respect from his peers and even from those who never had the privilege of playing with or against a giant of our game.

"His influence in Tipperary’s success in the sixties and also in the seventy one All-Ireland Final is incalculable and his loss will resonate for a long time.

"On behalf of Tipperary County Board and all Tipperary supporters, I extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Mary, daughters Elaine and Siobhan and son Michael on the very sad passing of a husband and father.

"I extend that sympathy to all his colleagues and friends in Carrick Davins as well as those in and around the Horse & Jockey where Mick lived.”

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