John Doyle factfile
Born: February 12, 1930
1947: All-Ireland MH title
1946-47: Munster MH titles
1949-67: Senior inter-county career
8 All-Ireland senior titles (1949-50-51-58-61-62-64-65)
10 Munster senior titles (1949-50-51-58-60-61-62-64-65-67)
11 NHL titles (1949-50-52-54-55-57-59-60-61-64-65)
8 Railway Cups (1951-52-53-55-60-61-63-66)
3 Tipperary SH titles: (1948-51-54)
1964: Hurler of the Year
1984: Left corner-back on GAA's Team of the Centenary
2000: Left corner-back on the Team of the Millennium
Babs Keating (former Tipperary team-mate)
"People who didn't know him well might have the wrong impression of him as a hurler. There was a lot more to him than just being a stopper. He was very fit and athletic and could play anywhere. He played in the half-backs and full-backs for Tipperary but played at midfield and centre-forward for his club. He marked some great players in his Tipperary days, lads like Christy Ring, Paddy Barry, Eddie Keher, Kieran Purcell, Eamonn Cregan and Eamonn Grimes. If you could hold your own with those boys, you were some hurler."
Eddie Keher (Kilkenny)
"I called to see him a few weeks ago and I'm glad that I did. I'll always remember him as an outstanding defender who could play anywhere. It's not easy to switch from the half-backs to the full-backs but he managed it quite easily. I came up against him quite a lot and regarded him as a very fair opponent. He'd do what he had to do to protect his goalkeeper, but the game was different then. He was a great competitor but was always honest in how he went about his business. We had great respect for him in Kilkenny."
Christy Cooney (GAA president)
"I wish to express my sincere sympathies and those of the whole of the GAA to the family of the late John Doyle. He made an immense contribution to the Association over the course of his life. This spanned from his remarkable success on the hurling field with eight All-Ireland medals, sharing the honour with Christy Ring, right up to his contribution at national level. He is regarded as one of the best defenders ever to grace the game."
- n n ALONG with the death of John Doyle, Tipperary GAA was also in mourning yesterday following the passing of much-loved All-Ireland winner Jimmy 'Butler' Coffey, who was 101 years of age. Coffey, born on October 26, 1909, won an All-Ireland SHC medal with Tipperary in 1937 and played senior for the county from 1931-1940. Coffey also played for his local Newport club, winning two North Tipperary SHC titles in 1932 and 1935, before going on to win two Limerick SHC crowns with Ahane.