Galway hurling is mourning the loss of All-Ireland winner Finbarr Gantley, who has died at the age of 70.

Gantley, who lined out for St Brendan's, Sean McDermotts and Warwickshire after moving to England as a teenager, was introduced from the bench in the Tribesmen's historic 2-15 to 3-09 victory over Limerick in the 1980 All-Ireland SHC final after returning to Irish shores.

He is the fourth member of that squad managed by Cyril Farrell to die. John Ryan, Niall McInerney and former GAA president Joe McDonagh passed away over the years and the death of Finbarr Gantley has caused widespread shock.

He was heavily involved in the promotion of juvenile hurling with his native Beagh when his playing days were over, with his children following in his footsteps and going on to play for Galway at various levels.

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