Tipperary hurling legend Mick Roche dies

Former Tipperary hurler Mick Roche has died, aged 73.

The legendary centre-back won three All-Ireland titles with Tipperary during an inter-county playing career that stretched from 1964 to 1973.

7 November 2006; President of the GAA Nickey Brennan in the company of Carolan Lennon, Director of Marketing, Vodafone, presents Mick Roche, Tipperary, a member of the Hurling All Stars of 1971, with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Vodafone GAA All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
7 November 2006; President of the GAA Nickey Brennan in the company of Carolan Lennon, Director of Marketing, Vodafone, presents Mick Roche, Tipperary, a member of the Hurling All Stars of 1971, with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Vodafone GAA All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

He also picked up five Munster and three League titles at senior level, in addition to successes at minor and U21.

Roche played his club hurling with the Carrick Davins club in Tipperary although in later life he lived in the Horse and Jockey, near Thurles.

Roche has long been included in the conversation when discussing the all-time greats of the GAA, with Evening Echo journalist John Horgan describing him as a ‘pure hurler’.

“One of the first true hurling centre-backs, he was a perfectionist during a glorious era for Tipperary in the same period that Doyle starred in attack. This guy was a pure hurler and a teak tough operator in a different era for the game.”

GAA fans have paid tribute to the hurler online since the news broke.

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