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'A hero to many and a gentleman to all': Tributes pour in for 'one of the greatest' Tony Keady

The Galway hurling great passed away last night.

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THE GAA WORLD awoke to the sad news this morning that Galway hurling great Tony Keady had passed away.

Keady, 53, was taken seriously ill in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and rushed to University Hospital Galway. The former Tribesman passed away last night.

The 1988 Hurler of the Year won two All-Ireland medals with his county, and is regarded as one of the best centre backs to play the game.

Tributes have been pouring in for the hurling icon from past and present players, clubs, counties and others.

Galway GAA have also released a statement following the former Killimordaly defender’s passing:

“Galway GAA is gripped in a cloud of deep sadness and sorrow today with the news of the sudden and untimely passing of the great Tony Keady.

“On behalf of the entire Galway GAA Community, at home and abroad, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Tony’s wife Margaret, daughter Shannon and sons Anthony, Jake and Harry and to all of his family.

“We offer our deepest condolence also to all the members of Tony’s beloved Club, Killimordaly, his adopted Club, Oranmore-Maree and to all of Tony’s fellow inter-county panellists, on the great Galway Hurling teams of the 1980’s and 1990, and to his numerous friends and colleagues.

“Is mór ár brón, Tony Keady imithe ár shlí na fírinne. Uaigneach muid ná an chailleach béara, slán a chara agus ar dheis Lámh Dé, go raibh a Anam Uasal Dílis.”

Jason Flynn

Tomas Mulcahy 

Dónal Óg Cusack

James Skehill

Galway GAA

The GAA

Connacht GAA

St Thomas’ GAA

Spórt TG4

Oranmore-Maree GAA

Offaly GAA

Clarinbridge GAA

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