Saturday 16 December 2017

Clare mourns legend Smyth

CLARE hurling has lost one of its greatest exponents following the death of Jimmy Smyth (82).

Regarded as one of the most accomplished forwards in the history of the game, the Ruan clubman made a huge impact in his teenage years as a star act on successful St Flannan's, Ennis teams, with whom he won three Harty Cup medals.

He progressed to the Clare senior team at the age of 18, but it was as a constant presence on the Munster team that he achieved the most.

He made his debut with Munster in 1954 and, with the exception of 1957, was ever-present on the team for a decade, winning six Railway Cup medals.

He played for Clare seniors for 19 years, during which their only title success was in 1954 when they beat Wexford in an Oireachtas final.

One of his greatest feats came in 1953 when he scored 6-4 in a Munster championship game against Limerick.

In 1984 he was chosen at right full-forward on a special Team of the Century comprised of players who didn't win All-Ireland senior medals.

Jimmy worked as a senior administrator with the GAA in Croke Park for many years.

Irish Independent

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