Former Dublin footballer and manager Kevin Heffernan dies aged 83

Monday 28 January 2013 16.21
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Kevin Heffernan won All-Ireland titles for Dublin as both player and manager
Kevin Heffernan won All-Ireland titles for Dublin as both player and manager
GAA President Liam O'Neillsaid Mr Heffernan had an 'incalculable impact' on gaelic games
GAA President Liam O'Neillsaid Mr Heffernan had an 'incalculable impact' on gaelic games

Former Dublin footballer and manager Kevin Heffernan has died aged 83.

The St Vincent's clubman had a distinguished club and inter-county career - winning All-Ireland titles as both player and manager.

His medal haul as a player included 21 county championships, seven Railway Cups, four Leinster titles and one All-Ireland in 1958, where he was captain of the winning team.

He went on to be named in the left-half-forward position on the GAA Football Team of the Century in 1984 and the team of the Millennium in 2000.

Mr Heffernan took over as Dublin manager in late 1973 and led them to Leinster and All-Ireland titles in 1974, his first full season in charge.

Dublin would go on to win the All-Ireland again in 1976.

Mr Heffernan unexpectedly stepped down from the role afterwards, but returned in 1979 and eventually took the side to All-Ireland glory again in 1983.

Following his retirement from Dublin management, Mr Heffernan continued to have a keen interest and involvement in Gaelic football.

He managed Ireland to victory in the 1986 International Rules series against Australia and was given the Freedom of Dublin in 2005.

GAA President Liam O'Neill has led the tributes to the Dublin legend, saying he had an "incalculable impact" on gaelic games in this country.

"The 'Dubs' as we know them came into being during his era as he restored success to his native county and a pride in the team that was built on the back of the selection of Dublin born players," said Mr O'Neill.

“He was one of the most charismatic and popular figures the Association has ever produced and was at the same time an immensely modest man.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Kevin Heffernan as one of the real legends of the GAA.

"He was a truly great player - both in hurling and football and tasted All Ireland football success in 1958 playing for his beloved Dubs.

"Under his management, Dublin revolutionised the way teams trained and the way the game was played. His All Ireland successes brought him into the hearts and homes of Dublin and GAA fans all over the country.“

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