Tributes paid after former Cork captain and All-Ireland club winner passes away

FORMER CORK FOOTBALL captain and St Finbarr’s All-Ireland club winner Christy Ryan has passed away with tributes paid to the dual playing star.

Christy Ryan (left) in action for Cork in the 1987 All-Ireland semi-final.

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ryan lined out for both Cork senior teams in the ’80s, particularly enjoying success with the fooballers while he won four All-Ireland club medals across both codes with his club St Finbarr’s.

RIP Christy

— Tony Davis (@allireland1) February 10, 2021

Very sad to learn of the passing of Christy Ryan this morning. A ferocious competitor for his beloved Barr’s on the field and a thorough gentleman off it. Deepest condolences to Miriam and family. May he rest in peace.

— Ephie Fitzgerald (@ephiefitzgerald) February 10, 2021

Cork GAA would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Christy Ryan R.I.P. Christy represented Cork in both hurling and football and was captain of the Cork senior football team that secured a famous Munster final win in 1983

— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) February 10, 2021

RIP Christy Ryan. A great man, a remarkable career, and a gent. Will be sadly missed

— Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (@Donnchadhol) February 10, 2021

Ryan was centre-back when Cork won the football league final against Kerry in 1980 while three years later he was captain for the Munster senior final when they ended the Kingdom’s nine-in-a-row bid in dramatic fashion. He also won a hurling league medal with Cork in 1980.

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He collected another provincial senior football medal in 1987 with Cork and started full-forward in that year’s All-Ireland decider against Meath.

Christy Ryan in action against Meath in the 1987 All-Ireland final.

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ryan also played hurling for Cork while he won several honours with his club St Finbarr’s, including that quartet of All-Ireland victories. He started at full-forward in their hurling win in 1978 against Wexford side Rathnure.

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Ryan also played in all three of their All-Ireland club football final victories, midfield in 1980 against Galway side St Grellan’s, centre-back and captain for the 1981 success over Meath’s Walterstown and then centre-forward for the 1987 victory against Clann na nGael of Roscommon.

At local level in Cork he played in a remarkable 20 county senior finals and was part of 11 victories, six in hurling and five in football.

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