Four-time All-Ireland-winning Dublin footballer Anton O'Toole has passed away after an illness.

O'Toole (68) made his senior debut for the Dubs in 1972 and won his first Celtic Cross in Kevin Heffernan's maiden campaign, starting at corner-forward in the 1974 victory over Galway.

Nicknamed 'The Blue Panther', the talented forward played in six All-Ireland finals in a row from 1974 to 1979, four of them against Kerry as an enduring rivalry took hold.

He won Sam Maguire in '76 (against the Kingdom) '77 (Armagh) and '83 (Galway), in addition to eight Leinster titles and two National Leagues, and was a three-time All-Star.

His last appearance for Dublin was in the 1984 All-Ireland final defeat to old foes Kerry.

O'Toole later managed his club Templeogue Synge-Street.

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GAA President John Horan was among the many people who have paid tribute to O'Toole following his passing.

"The Dublin team of the 70s was responsible for breathing new life into the GAA in the Capital. That team created a surge of interest and popularity in Gaelic games in Dublin that has gone from strength to strength right through to the present day.

"Anton O'Toole was an integral part of that iconic team. A great player, a great sportsman and a great ambassador for club and county.

"He had an army of football admirers throughout Dublin but, also far beyond, and our thoughts are with his family and many friends who mourn the loss of the Templeogue Synge St and Dublin GAA legend.

"Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dá anam."

Former Dublin players Eamon Fennell and Mossy Quinn have also paid tribute to O'Toole's memory.

Eamon Fennell

Mossy Quinn

Brian Fenton 

 Paul Clarke