Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Legendy hurler John Doyle dies

GAA president Christy Cooney has led tributes to hurler John Doyle, who died aged 80

GAA president Christy Cooney has led tributes to hurler John Doyle, who died on Wednesday.

The 80-year-old, suitably nicknamed The Legend, was widely regarded as one of the game's all-time greats.

The former Tipperary star, who went on to serve in Seanad Eireann, won eight All-Ireland medals, a feat matched only by his inter-county rival Christy Ring.

Mr Cooney said Doyle made an immense contribution to the GAA throughout his life: "I wish to express my sincere sympathies and those of the whole of the GAA to the family of the late John Doyle who has sadly passed away today," he said. "John made an immense contribution to the Association over the course of his life."

Taoiseach Brian Cowen also extended his sympathies to Doyle's family and paid tribute to his sporting achievements and work in the GAA and Fianna Fail.

"I am saddened to learn of the death of John Doyle," Mr Cowen said. "He was an immense hurler and an incredibly decent man. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends throughout Ireland."

Mr Cowen said Doyle will always be remembered as one of the finest hurlers of his generation. "His love of the GAA was matched by his concern for his country and his own community," he said. "He was a Tipperary legend and a proud Irishman. He was passionate about politics and he served Fianna Fail extremely well for a number of years as a local activist and in Seanad Eireann from 1969-1973. I extend my sympathies to John's family and friends."

Doyle had a long and distinguished hurling career with Tipperary, winning eight All-Irelands out of 10 final appearances and sealing a three-in-a-row before he was 21 in 1949, 1950 and 1951.

Doyle's club team was Holycross Ballycahill and outside of finals at Croke Park he also picked up several other awards including a minor All-Ireland medal, 10 Munster senior medals, seven Railway Cup medals and 11 National League titles. He was a Tipperary selector, a member of GAA's Central Council and also a member of Tipperary county board.

Doyle is survived by his wife Ann, two sons and five daughters.

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