Former Hurler of the Year Tony Keady has passed away aged 53 after taking ill earlier this week.The Galway GAA County Board confirmed the sad news this morning after he took ill in the early hours of Tuesday.
Keady a winner of two All-Ireland medals attended last Sunday’s All Ireland semi final clash for both the Galway minors and seniors at Croke Park which seen them both advance to the final on the first Sunday of September.An All-Ireland winner when the Tribesmen last triumphed in 1988, he won his first senior medal the previous year against Kilkenny but was controversially banned for playing in the United States in 1989 and missed the semi-final loss to eventual winners Tipperary.
His exploits in 1988 earned a second All-Star award and the Hurler of the Year crown and he played in a fifth All-Ireland final in six years when Cork defeated them in 1990. Keady was only the third Galway man to win the Hurler of the Year award Joe Connolly in 1980 and Joe Cooney in ’87 were the others. No other Galway player has gone on the win it since.
He was part of the Killimordaly club where he played a lot of his underage hurling in attack before switching to the half-back line. He continued to be involved in hurling after he retired and trained several teams and was involved with the Galway U-21s.
Shannonside Northern Sound hurling analyst and Galway man Frank Brady has paid tribute to the Galway legend
Frank spoke about the accolades Tony won in the game
He described Tony as ‘a family man heavily involved in hurling’
Frank says that Galway winning the All Ireland would be a fitting tribute to him