HURLING HAS LOST one of its greatest sons following the death of Jimmy Doyle.
The legendary former Tipperary player, who hailed from Thurles, passed away earlier today, as reported by Tipp FM. The sad news was later confirmed by a Tipperary GAA statement.
Doyle won nine Munster titles, six All-Irelands and seven National Leagues during a decorated senior career with the Premier County which lasted from 1957 to ’73.
Regarded as one of the greatest hurlers of all time, the Thurles Sarsfields forward was named on the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and on the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 1999.
“The name of Jimmy Doyle will never and should never be forgotten. He was the ultimate sticks-man, a master of his craft not alone of his own age but for all ages,” said Tipperary County Board chairman Michael Bourke.
“He inspired countless hurlers who wanted to be Jimmy Doyle and who craved the genius he bore with such humility and grace. Tipperary and Thurles has lost one of its greatest sons, the likes of whom we may never witness again.
“As Tipperary County chairman, I am privileged to have known Jimmy Doyle, a man of immense hurling ability, who held a huge pride in a sense of place, of who he was and where he was from. His majestic talent was the catalyst of many a Tipperary victory and to him Tipperary will forever be deeply indebted.
“On behalf of Tipperary County Board we extend our heartfelt condolences to the extended Doyle family on the sad passing of their beloved Jimmy.”
Tributes to Jimmy Doyle have been pouring in on social media.