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One of the greats.

Anton O'Toole RIP.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12682 - 17/05/2019 09:45:33    2184811

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Replying To MesAmis:  "One of the greats.

Anton O'Toole RIP."
Tears for a legend
love for an icon

God rest you Anton

Man of the people

Liamwalkinstown (Dublin) - Posts: 8136 - 17/05/2019 10:23:45    2184825

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One of the greatest Dublin footballers ever in my opinion. May he rest in Peace and may his family be comforted by the massive support shown to Anton by GAA people throughout the country.

sinabhuil (Mayo) - Posts: 164 - 17/05/2019 12:44:52    2184899

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Replying To sinabhuil:  "One of the greatest Dublin footballers ever in my opinion. May he rest in Peace and may his family be comforted by the massive support shown to Anton by GAA people throughout the country."
His father played in the very first game that the Garrymore club in Mayo ever played. Garrymore, a very rural club, with no shops, pubs or church nearby, went on to win 6 Mayo senior championships, 1 Connacht club championship and runner up in the All Ireland club final. Anton visited the club in 1974 with the Sam Maguire. Bernard Brogan seniors father or grandfather also came from nearby club, Claremorris.

sinabhuil (Mayo) - Posts: 164 - 17/05/2019 13:31:17    2184917

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What a player, any guy who could hit 3 or 4 points from play against that great Kerry side is up their with the greatest. Maybe some younger Dubs fans wouldn't be able to understand just how good Anton was, but I'm sure if you asked Jack O'Shea or Mick O'Dwyer they'd give you the answer.
Its an awful shame he won't be around to see how this year unfolds, sleep easy blue panther, God bless.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7701 - 17/05/2019 18:35:12    2185025

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One of the greats no doubt about it. Won an AI in 83 along with Mullins and Drumm. I remember him winning a smart free near the end of 83 final got the dubs over the line.

theduke66 (Dublin) - Posts: 317 - 17/05/2019 21:13:51    2185062

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Where did "The Blue Panther" nickname come from ?

waynoI (Dublin) - Posts: 13497 - 18/05/2019 16:59:51    2185243

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Was before my time, but i used to watch the Decade of the Dubs video over and over again as a nipper and grew up with Anton, Keaveny, Mullins as heros.

I had a couple of pints with one or two of the 83 team before the Mayo game in the league (weird thing was we were in a pub in Drumcondra and full of Dubs and no one recognised them, not that they were looking for it), they were heading up for an organised night with Anton in Croker.

I didnt know him but was spell bound listening to the stories of that team, the replay down in Cork, the final and Heffo it was a real pleasure. They described how Anton was at the heart of all that was positive, he was described as an absolute great on and probably more importantly off the pitch by those that soldiered with him, not everyone got that treatment.

What a career the man had, one who contributed to change the face of Dublin football for ever during the 70s, stuck with it when times got hard and climb the mountain again in 83. The medals he won are incredible, but more then that the roles he played for the teams throughout that period and what that brought to those teams. Its hard to find a truer servant to the Dublin cause.

He will be remembered and revered wherever Blue is worn.

May he rest in peace and may those closest have comfort.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 2814 - 19/05/2019 11:49:03    2185446

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Replying To waynoI:  "Where did "The Blue Panther" nickname come from ?"
Can't remember who gave it to him but I reckon it was referencing they way he went about his business, slick and stealthy, like he was prowling.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7701 - 19/05/2019 21:16:20    2185651

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RIP Anton
What a player ,the summer of 1976 was the first time I seen Anton , as a 12 year old on the Hill with my mates, he quickly became my favorite Dubs player, thanks for the memories Anton.

superbluedub (Dublin) - Posts: 1844 - 19/05/2019 22:06:11    2185667

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RIP Anton.


Just a question seen as Anton was from the south circular road and Scully is from Rathfarnham n O Gara n Bastic are from Tallaght , where exactly or how do Synge Street pick their players from ? Is it just from the school or where ? I know templeogue aswell but obviously Jude's are massive up there.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9926 - 20/05/2019 13:39:22    2185906

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RIP Anton - a gentleman by all accounts and as mentioned above another Dublin great with Mayo blood...his dad was a Mayo man.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9856 - 20/05/2019 22:58:32    2186123

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "RIP Anton.


Just a question seen as Anton was from the south circular road and Scully is from Rathfarnham n O Gara n Bastic are from Tallaght , where exactly or how do Synge Street pick their players from ? Is it just from the school or where ? I know templeogue aswell but obviously Jude's are massive up there."
I know certain schools are associated with TSS and their kids generally play for TSS rather than closer clubs. For example, my buddy's kids go to school in Terenure and despite the fact that he lives in Perrystown with Robert Emmets by far his closest club (with Judes and Crumlin probably the next nearest), his kids play for TSS because of the school.

Kurt_Angle (Dublin) - Posts: 512 - 21/05/2019 10:31:27    2186203

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Absolutely yew, most of us Dublin GAA people have country blood somewhere down the line, for instance I'm 3rd generation Dub with great grand parents from Leitrim and Tipperary .
And most of us are here long enough to call ourselves proud Dubs.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7701 - 21/05/2019 22:31:05    2186468

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Replying To realdub:  "Absolutely yew, most of us Dublin GAA people have country blood somewhere down the line, for instance I'm 3rd generation Dub with great grand parents from Leitrim and Tipperary .
And most of us are here long enough to call ourselves proud Dubs."
Culchie blow in....... ;)

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12682 - 22/05/2019 22:57:59    2186753

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