The death has occurred of former Kilkenny hurling manager - Fr Tommy Maher

Under Fr Maher's stewardship, the Black and Amber won seven All-Ireland titles in the period from 1957 to 1975 and saw the likes of Ollie Walsh, 'Fan' Larkin, Eddie Keher and current Cats boss Brian Cody come to the fore 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Eddie Keher paid tribute to his former manager.  

"I first came across him in St Kieran's College in the mid 1950s. What he did was analyze the game in a way in which it was never analyzed before.

"He identified all the skills of the game and devise routines to practice those skills and make them perfect. A lot of those routines are still used by players today. 

As he tactician he was brilliant in analyzing the opposition and devising strategies to overcome them.

He was also a brilliant speaker and orator - a very inspirational figure."