Tributes flow after death of Cork great Seanie O'Leary

December 02, 2021

The late Seanie O'Leary ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Tributes have been pouring in following the death of Cork hurling great Seanie O’Leary at 69.

A four-time All-Ireland SHC winner, O’Leary started at corner-forward in the Rebels’ three-in-a-row success between 1976-78, and the centenary triumph in 1984.

The Youghal clubman also won All-Ireland minor hurling medals in 1969 and 1970, as well as U21 titles in 1971 and 1973.

His goal in against Tipperary in 1984 earned Cork the Munster SHC title and he’d hit two more in that year’s All-Ireland final against Offaly.

A distinguished inter-county career also saw him finish with nine Munster SHC titles, four National League crowns and three All-Star awards.

After his playing days were over, O’Leary would work alongside Jimmy Barry-Murphy as a selector when Cork landed the Liam McCarthy Cup in 1999 and he’d be an assistant to Donal O’Grady when the Leesiders repeated the trick in 2004.

His son Tomás O’Leary captained Cork to All-Ireland minor hurling glory in 2001 and would go on to have an illustrious career in rugby, winning the Heineken Cup with Munster in ’08 and the Grand Slam with Ireland the following year.

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