CORK hurling great Seanie O’Leary has passed away at the age of just 69.
The renowned goal poacher helped his county to four All-Irelands over a glittering 13-year inter-county career.
He also won nine Munster medals to go along with those Celtic Crosses as he was part of one of the most fruitful eras of Cork hurling which included a three-in-a-row between 1976-8.
Individually, he earned three All-Star nods in 1976, 1977 and his final inter-county season of 1984.
After hanging up his boots, he later went on to serve his county as a selector on the All-Ireland winning sides of 1999 and 2004, under former teammates Jimmy Barry Murphy and Donal O’Grady.
Tributes have poured in since the sad news broke last night.
Sunday Game presenter Des Cahill wrote: “RIP Seanie O’Leary. What a brilliant hurler – and a lovely man off the pitch.
“I was always struck by how much the Cork fans adored him.
“Love this great photo from @irishexaminer of Seanie and his good friend, Dr Con. A right pair! Deepest sympathy to the O’Leary family.”
While Joe Ó Muirċeartaiġ added: “Seanie O’Leary, poacher par excellence. RIP. In slow motion – the touch, the turn, the goal. Class.”
Ex Rebel teammate Tomás Mulcahy tweeted: “Just heard of the sad passing of one of Corks greatest – Seanie o Leary – some man to get you a goal – lovely person – Condolences to all his family – RIP Seanie”
And Jerome commented: “So sad to hear of the untimely death of Seanie O’Leary, the legend!
“As a fellow pupil in St Colman’s College, Fermoy, Seanie broke the hearts of many great college full backs.
“Once he got the sliotar in his hand a goal was almost always the result. Rest in peace Seanie.”
Younger sports fans may also be familiar with Seanie’s son Tómas who was a rugby star for Munster and Ireland as a scrum-half.