Former Limerick and Patrickswell hurler Leonard Enright has passed away aged 65.

He was inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame at the All-Stars awards on Friday evening. 

Enright was one of the finest defenders of his generation, shining for the Treaty through the 70s and 80s and capturing back-to-back Munster crowns in 1980 and '81.

He won All-Stars in 1980, '81 and '83.

GAA president John Horan said: "Over a long and distinguished career, Leonard Enright was an outstanding hurler for Limerick and for Patrickswell, a fantastic performer who led by example.

"For all his skill and ability on the field, Leonard will also be synonymous with the positive impact that he had on so many and I know he is fondly remembered by people from all over Ireland who came into contact with him through his work with Mary Immaculate College in helping to develop Gaelic games there.

"The esteem in which he was held was very evident in the moving tribute paid to him by club mates Richie Bennis, Ciaran Carey and Cian Lynch at the All-Stars on Friday night, where their fondness and admiration for Leonard was so eloquently displayed.

"It was a great honour to meet Leonard and his family on the occasion of his induction into the GAA Hall of Fame at the Museum in Croke Park last summer. Their pride in him and his achievements was obvious, so too, their admiration for the way in which he had battled so bravely against illness.

"On behalf of our Association I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, many friends, club mates in Patrickswell and to the Gaels of Limerick on the news of his passing. "

The Patrickswell club's legacy was embellished and celebrated on Friday night when three men from the village attended the All-Stars as part of the triumphant Limerick side: Cian Lynch, Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes.

Lynch scooped an All-Star and the Hurler of the Year award, paying tribute to Enright at a packed Convention centre in Dublin.

"For me to have the opportunity to stand up here, it goes back to the small things, back to the family," he said afterwards.

"Leonard Enright went in the Hall of Fame [tonight].  Heroes like him, legends like him, it's what makes it extra special.

"There's three of us here: myself, Aaron and Diarmuid. We grew up together. Patrickswell is a small little village and family means everything.

"After county hurling you always go back to your club, to your local people. And it's an absolute honour."