Tipperary legend Jimmy Doyle passes away

By Stephen Barry

One of the greatest hurlers of all time, Jimmy Doyle, has passed away.

A holder of 6 All-Ireland titles, Doyle played at right-half forward on the great Tipperary team of the 1960s.

He captained the Premier county to two of those All-Irelands, in 1962 and 1965, when he was named Texaco Hurler of the Year.

He won the National Hurling League seven times, the Railway Cup eight times and a remarkable three-in-a-row of Minor All-Ireland titles, from 1955 to 1957.

He enjoyed great success with his club, Thurles Sarsfields, with whom he won 10 County titles. He also achieved a County Football title with Thurles Crokes.

He briefly came out of retirement in 1973 to fill-in in goal for Tipperary, after the emigration of the county’s regular net-minder.

During his inter-county career he scored 18 goals and 176 points in 39 appearances and was later named on the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and the Team of the Millenium in 2000.

Doyle had a road dedicated to him in 2012, located near his hometown field, Semple Stadium.

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