Five-time Tipperary All-Ireland senior hurling winner passes away

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THE DEATH HAS occurred this morning of the Mickey ‘The Rattler’ Byrne, a five-time All-Ireland senior hurling winner with Tipperary, at the age of 93.

The Rattler enjoyed plenty triumphs with Tipperary as part of the All-Ireland winning setups in 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1958.

He also won four Munster senior hurling medals and eight National hurling league medals.

At club level he lined out for Thurles Sarsfields and was part of a team who were immensely successful. He won a record haul of 14 county senior hurling medals and 16 Mid-Tipperary senior hurling medals.

Sad news this morning, club president Mickey"The Rattler"Byrne has gone to his eternal reward. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

— Thurles Sarsfields GAA (@thurlessars) October 16, 2016

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In 1999 Byrne was named at right corner-back on the Tipperary Team of the Millennium and at the time of the passing he was also President of the Thurles Sarsfields club.

So sad to hear of the passing of The Rattler Byrne what a man..My best memory of him was when he popped in to us in his wheelchair in 2010

— Liam Sheedy (@LiamLsheedy) October 16, 2016

Source: Liam Sheedy/Twitter

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@LiamLsheedy he's one of the all time greats. That was a special moment for sure in 2010, absolute gent and passionate Tipp man. https://t.co/PdAYzD8ckL

— Brendan Cummins (@BrenCummins1) October 16, 2016

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Tipperary county board chairman Michael Bourke paid tribute to the late ‘Rattler’.

“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.

Impeccably observed silence for the memory of the late Mickey 'Rattler' Byrne in Thurles #countyfinals

— Jackie Cahill 🖐👍 (@cahilljackie) October 16, 2016

Source: Jackie Cahill/Twitter

“As Tipperary County Board Chairman, I am privileged to have known The Rattler and to see at first hand the charisma and warmth that he exuded to everyone in his presence.

“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.

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“While we all mourn the sad loss of Mickey his loss will be felt most by those who loved him and knew him the best, his family.

“On behalf of Tipperary County Board I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Byrne family and also to his club, Thurles Sarsfields, on the sad passing of Mickey. His family have lost a father while Tipperary hurling has lost another of its greatest sons.”

"The only time I heard tell of a hamstring was one hanging in the window of StJohn's butchers" RIP Rattler Byrne @TipperaryGAA @thurlessars pic.twitter.com/5WISWClgOl

— Gerry O'Connell (@gerryoconnell) October 16, 2016

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