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Legendary Dublin star Anton O'Toole's coffin carried by GAA players past and present

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 21/05/2019 Alex Dunne & Edel Hughes
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Dublin GAA players past and present carried the coffin of football legend Anton O'Toole at his funeral yesterday.

Mr O'Toole, from the South Circular Road, passed away at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross last Friday at the age of 68.

The four-time All-Ireland winner was laid to rest in Mount Jerome Cemetery, following a Funeral Mass in the Church of St Paul of the Cross in Mount Argus.

A death notice shared on RIP.ie read: "Very sadly missed by his loving family; sisters Mary, Helen and Nuala, brother Peter, brothers-in-law Andrew and Dave, sister-in-law Ger, his adored nieces and nephews Paul, Ciara, Orla, Emma, Conor, Laura and Niamh, relatives, former team mates and a large circle of friends."

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Dublin legend and four-time All-Ireland winner Anton O'Toole passes away aged 68 

O'Toole began his intercounty career in 1972, and "The Blue Panther" won his first of four Celtic Crosses in Kevin Heffernan's first campaign as Dublin manager in 1974, starting at corner-forward in a win over Galway.

He went on to lift Sam Maguire three more times, in 1976 against Kerry, 1977 versus Armagh, and finally in 1983 with another win over the Tribesmen.

O'Toole also won eight Leinster titles, was a three time All-Star, and lifted the National League trophy twice in his time in the blue jersey.

He later went on to have a successful career in club management, guiding his Templeogue Synge Street side to the county intermediate title in 2008.

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Templeougue Synge Street issued a statement following his death which said: "We would like to express our deep sadness at the passing of our clubmate Anton O’Toole.

"Our sorrow however, is also matched by the enormous sense of pride that we feel and the honour that it was to have had him wear our jersey and to call him one of our own.

"He was the Blue Panther: a Hill 16 hero, a Gaelic football legend and a national sporting treasure due to his prolific role in the iconic Dublin teams of the 70s and 80s.

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"To us, in Synge Street Past Pupils GFC and later Templeogue Synge Street GFC he was just Anton or maybe ‘Tooler’, but always an inspirational figure who was the living embodiment that actions speak louder than words.

"Fame and adulation were never things to be craved in his eyes.

"Being able to make a difference, make a contribution and play a part big or small for the cause - be it club or county - was what mattered."

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