Area in shock after untimely passing of sporting legend

Cork dual hurling and football star Teddy McCarthy was guest of honour at a Kilworth GAA function in the 1980s, held to honour the U12 teams that completed a county double in 1986. Michael Walsh is seen here making a presentation to Teddy at that event in the presence of Jim Nash. (Picture: The Avondhu Archives)

Gaels and sports fans across the region were left shaken this week as news broke late on Tuesday evening of the untimely passing of Cork sporting legend Teddy McCarthy, aged 57.

A stalwart within the GAA, he was the first and only player in the history of the Association to win All-Ireland titles in both hurling and football in the same year, 1990 – versus Galway in hurling (5-15 to 2-21) and Meath in football (0-11 to 0-9).

An athletic player renowned for his impressive high-fielding ability, across his inter-county career, McCarthy was the recipient of four All-Irelands and nine Munster titles during his career, as well as being a football All-Star in 1989. He was crowned the Texaco Football of the Year that same year.

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