Tipperary legend Mickey ‘The Rattler’ Byrne has passed away at the age of 93.
The Rattler won five All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary between 1945 and 1958 and was also the last surviving member of the '49 team that won the ‘three in a row’.
Byrne also won four Munster hurling titles and won eight National Hurling League medals throughout his long and successful career in the blue and gold of Tipperary.
Byrne also excelled at club level and was part of the record-breaking Thurles Sarsfields sides that dominated Tipperary hurling in the 1940's, '50s and '60s amassing for Mickey a record haul of fourteen Tipperary Senior Club medals.
Two Oireachtas Medals in 1945 and 1949 complete the remarkable collection of medals for a truly remarkable character.
The Rattler was named at right corner back on the Tipperary Team of the Millennium in 1999.
At the time of his passing Mickey was also President of Thurles Sarsfields.
Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke paid tribute to the late 'Rattler' on hearing of his passing: "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.
“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.
“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."