Tipperary GAA chiefs last night paid tribute to Billy Quinn — father of former Ireland international Niall — who passed away yesterday.
Quinn enjoyed huge success at underage level, winning Croke Cup, Dean Ryan and Harty Cup medals with Thurles CBS.
He went onto collect three Munster minor hurling championship medals (1950, 52 and 53) and two All-Ireland titles — captaining the side to their 1953 success.
He also featured for the county’s minor footballers.
Quinn made his senior debut in 1954 and scored three goals in the county’s National League final victory over Kilkenny (3-10 to 1-4).
However his county career was cut short when he moved to London for a spell before returning to Ireland to live in Dublin, playing for Faughs and for the county team.
However, a change of rules saw non-Dublin players dropped from the team shortly afterwards which brought an end to Billy’s inter-county career.
In later years Billy returned to Tipperary and settled near the village of Ballinure with his wife Mary.
Tipperary chairman Michael Bourke said: “Men of the quality and calibre of Billy Quinn are unique in the GAA and his arrival on the Tipperary hurling scene at such a young age speaks volumes of his ability.
“Had government employment policy being different at the time I have no doubt Billy would have had many senior All-Ireland medals in his possession along with his two All-Ireland minor medals.
“On behalf of Tipperary County Board we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Mary, sons and daughters Rosaleen, Gerry, Anne Marie and Niall and the extended Quinn family on the sad passing of their beloved Billy”.
Billy Quinn will be reposing at his residence in Ballinure today from 3.30pm with rosary at 8pm. Funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule at 11.30am tomorrow with burial afterwards in Ballinure Cemetery.
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