Death of legendary Tipp goalkeeper Tony Reddin

March 02, 2015

The late Tony Reddin pictured with the Tipperary squad in 1951

The death has occurred of legendary Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Tony Reddin.

Goalkeeper on the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000, Tony passed away last night at the age of 95 following a short illness.

Born Martin Charles Reddington, Tony had the distinction of representing both his native Galway and Tipperary in a glittering career that yielded three All-Ireland, three Munster and five National League medals.

The Mullagh man played for Galway between 1941 and '47 before joining Lorrha-Dorrha and throwing his lot in with Tipperary. He was a star of the great Tipp side that won a three-in-a-row of Liam MacCarthy Cups in 1949, '50 and '51. Reddin made 25 championship appearances for Tipp before announcing his retirement during a tour of the US in October 1957.

Widely regarded as the greatest hurling goalkeeper of all time, Reddin also won five Railway Cup medals with Munster in 1950, '51, '52, '53 and '55.

At club level, Tony won a pair of North Tipperary SHC titles with Lorrha-Dorrha before making the short move with his family to Banagher in Offaly in 1963 after taking up a job with Bord na Mona. He played a major part in helping the local St. Rynagh's club to seven Offaly SHC titles and also coached the great Offaly goalkeeper Damien Martin, who was the GAA's first All Star.

Tony continued to reside in Banagher up until his death.

May he rest in peace.


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