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Tributes paid after former Cork captain and All-Ireland club winner passes away

The dual player captained Cork to Munster senior glory in 1983 and won four All-Ireland titles with St Finbarr’s.

FORMER CORK FOOTBALL captain and St Finbarr’s All-Ireland club winner Christy Ryan has passed away with tributes paid to the dual playing star.

christy-ryan-and-frank-broderick-1987 Christy Ryan (left) in action for Cork in the 1987 All-Ireland semi-final. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ryan lined out for both Cork senior teams in the ’80s, particularly enjoying success with the fooballers while he won four All-Ireland club medals across both codes with his club St Finbarr’s.

Ryan was centre-back when Cork won the football league final against Kerry in 1980 while three years later he was captain for the Munster senior final when they ended the Kingdom’s nine-in-a-row bid in dramatic fashion. He also won a hurling league medal with Cork in 1980.

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He collected another provincial senior football medal in 1987 with Cork and started full-forward in that year’s All-Ireland decider against Meath.

mick-lyons-of-meath-and-christy-ryan-of-cork-1987 Christy Ryan in action against Meath in the 1987 All-Ireland final. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ryan also played hurling for Cork while he won several honours with his club St Finbarr’s, including that quartet of All-Ireland victories. He started at full-forward in their hurling win in 1978 against Wexford side Rathnure.

Ryan also played in all three of their All-Ireland club football final victories, midfield in 1980 against Galway side St Grellan’s, centre-back and captain for the 1981 success over Meath’s Walterstown and then centre-forward for the 1987 victory against Clann na nGael of Roscommon.

At local level in Cork he played in a remarkable 20 county senior finals and was part of 11 victories, six in hurling and five in football.

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