Tipperary hurling great Mickey Byrne to be laid to rest

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Tipperary hurling great Mickey Byrne to be laid to rest

Tipperary hurling great Mickey Byrne will be laid to rest on Wednesday morning in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles.

Byrne, who died aged 93, was the right corner back on the Tipperary team of the millennium.

He won five senior All-Ireland hurling titles as well as four Munster titles.

Byrne’s All-Ireland medals came in 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1958 - and he was the last living member of the Tipp side who won three-in-a-row.

He also amassed a staggering 14 Tipperary senior club titles with his all-dominant Thurles Sarsfields side - which included five-in-a-row successes from 1955-59 and 1961-65.

During a medal-laden career ‘The Rattler’ made 34 championship appearances for Tipp before his retirement from inter-county hurling in 1960.

He was later made president of Thurles Sarsfields, a role he held until his death.

In a statementTipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke said: “Mickey Byrne, better known as The Rattler, was a unique character whose death leaves a huge void in the annals of Tipperary hurling and folklore.

“His record on the hurling playing fields speaks for itself and will stand the testament of time for one who dedicated his life to Tipperary and his club Thurles Sarsfields.”