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Remembering Jim Stynes, the AFL icon who passed away a year ago today
The Dublin-born footie star fought a public battle with cancer.

THE BELOVED Irish-born Aussie Rules legend Jim Stynes passed away a year ago today after a long, public battle with cancer. The Dubliner’s death saw a huge outpouring of emotion on both sides of the globe.

Stynes was a Bronlow Medal winner with Melbourne, having moved Down Under from Ireland to play footie

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After his Aussie Rules career he founded the Reach Foundation which aimed to help young people in Oz:

YouYube: TheReachFoundation

He returned to the ailing Demons as club president to help restore the club to its former glory:

But ultimately had to take a step back when he became ill:

After his death on 20 March last year, the Aussie Rules community remembered the Dubliner with this film at the annual Brownlow Medal ceremony.

YouTube Credit: MelbourneDemonsFooty

Stynes’ former teammate Garry Lyon delivered a heartfelt tribute to his friend.

“Quite simply Jimmy refused to let the game define who he was,” the Aussie Rules great said on The Footy Show. “It was just a part of him and it allowed us to marvel at his determination, unwavering self-belief, resilience, strength, skill, endurance and courage. But he never let the game compromise what else he had going on in his life.”

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Back home, those at Croke Park for the Dublin v Donegal game showed their appreciation:

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

And Stynes’ wife, Samantha, paid this moving tribute in Melbourne:

YouTube: 7NEWS

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