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Jimmy Doyle: Boy Wonder Of Hurling In 1950's

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Tipperary Hurler Was A Revelation To Watch In Action In His Prime

Only a few hurling forwards equate Jimmy Doyle for sheer modesty and hurling charisma. Christy Ring, Eddie Keher and Mick Mackey are in everyones hall of fame. Jimmy Doyle is also right at the very top.The majority of hurling legends from bygone eras went out and played their natural attacking game and let the ball and hurley do the talking. Soloing was the privilige of the fearless and very skillful exponents of forward play in the Tipp man's era.

Jimmy Doyle grew up in an era when gaelic games surpassed all other sporting relaxations in Ireland. Hurling was also possessed with many defenders who relished close encounters on and off the ball. His father, Gerry, won two All Ireland's as sub goalkeeper in 1937 and 1945 and his uncle, the legendary Tommy Doyle, was an icon of wing backs in his prime. It was only natural that a young boy from Thurles with such a proud hurling pedigree would wield a camán. Jimmy Doyle stood diminutive in size and enormous in ball playing skills and to dispossess the Thurles Sarsfield's forward wizard, many backs clung on  to his shirt to prevent scores for the Blue and Gold materialising from all acute angles.
From 1954 to 1971 Jimmy contested thirteen All Ireland finals and won nine titles with the Premier county. He graced Croke Park in four minor finals and was recorded as the yougest player at 14 to appear in a minor All Ireland final, losing in 1954 when playing between the posts. Minor All Irelands were won in 1955/56/57, he captained the 1957 minor team. Progression to Tipp's senior team was a natural elevation and in 1958 he won his first senior All Ireland medal when Galway fell 4 - 9 to 2 - 5.
Tipp had many great players in this era including John Doyle, Tony Wall, Liam Devaney, Theo English and many more. To make an impact in this company, it was essential to be endowed with rare hurling skills and Jimmy became an instant household name in such company when he paraded exceptional scoring skills that are part of gaelic games history. His greatest honour came in 1962 when he became captain of Tipp.

Roll Of Honour

Club: Thurles Sarsfields

Inter - county career: 1954 /73

6 All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals 1958;1961;1962(capt);1964;1965(capt);1971:

All Ireland Senior Hurling runners - up: 1960; 1967 ; 1968

3 All Ireland Minor Hurling Medals: 1955; 1956; 1957(capt): Runners - Up: 1954

9 Munster Senior Hurling Medals: 1958/60/61/62/64/65/67/68/71

(contested 12 Munster Senior Finals)

6 National Hurling League Medals: 1958/59; 1959/60; 1960/61; 1963/64; 1964/65 (capt); 1967/68:

6 Oireachtais Medals:

8 Railway Cup Medals:

10 Tipperary Co. Senior Hurling Medals:

1 Tipperary Co. Senior Football Medal:

Texaco Hurler Of The Year 1965

Gaelic Weekly All Star Annual Award : 1963; 1964; 1965:

1st All Ireland Medal: Sunday 7/9/58

Tipperary 4 - 9 Galway 2 - 5

* Played at left half forward

2nd All Ireland Medal: Sunday 3/9/61

Tipperary 0 - 16 Dublin 1 - 12

* Played at right half forward

3rd All Ireland Medal: Sunday 2/9/62

Tipperary 3 -10 Wexford 2 - 11

* Played at right half forward

4th All Ireland Medal: Sunday 6/9/64

Tipperary 5 - 13 Kilkenny 2 - 8

* Played at right half forward

5th All Ireland Medal: Sunday 5/9/65

Tipperary 2 - 16 Wexford 0 - 10

* Played at right half forward

6th All Ireland Medal: Sunday 5/9/71

Tipperary 5 - 17 Kilkenny 5 - 14 (as sub)


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