VIVID colourised images reveal hurling legend Christy Ring during his prime.
The shots of the Cork hurling star were restored by photographer Matt Loughrey to mark the centenary of his birth.
And they’re among many previously unseen photographs which appear in a new documentary about the sporting icon.
Christy Ring: Man and Ball looks back on an astonishing career on the pitch which began when Ring was just 16 and continued for an incredible 26 years.
Regarded as the greatest hurler in the history of the game, he won eight All-Ireland medals, including three times as captain.
‘HURLING’S BABE RUTH’
News of his prowess even crossed the water, and on arrival in New York for a charity game in 1966, he was mobbed by fans eager to get a glimpse of “hurling’s Babe Ruth”.
The documentary also reveals how Ring was desperate to delay retirement, and had no qualms about putting his body on the line in every game even as he entered his 40s.
In it, former teammate Johnny Clifford recalled the poignant moment that Ring finally hung up his hurley at the age of 43.
He said: “We were ready to play the semi-final.
“I got a call on Sunday morning. I was a selector.
“He said: “I can’t”. When he said that you didn’t question it.
Limerick will conquer all before them again next year
Limerick can’t rest easy after 2020 All-Ireland final win
Irish Defence Forces release epic footage from over Croke Park
Limerick scaled new heights thanks to giant wing forwards Hegarty and Morrissey
The rest can forget about Liam MacCarthy glory in 2021
“I said: “are you sure? “I am”, he said.
“There was no fuss, nobody ever saw him playing again.”
- CHRISTY Ring: Man and Ball airs Thursday night at 10.15pm on RTE One.