Hurling legend Martin White passes away

Martin White, who passed away this week, is pictured at his 100th birthday celebrations with Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, fellow Tullaroan legend Tommy Walsh, and the Liam McCarthy Cup at his Dublin home in Glasnevin. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile.

Martin White, who passed away this week, is pictured at his 100th birthday celebrations with Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, fellow Tullaroan legend Tommy Walsh, and the Liam McCarthy Cup at his Dublin home in Glasnevin. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile.

Kilkenny hurling legend Martin White passed away last Wednesday, at the age of 102.

Until his death Martin was the oldest living All-Ireland winner, having won senior All-Ireland hurling medals with Kilkenny in 1932, 1933, and 1935.

Born into a family of 14 on July 31 in 1909, Martin attended St Kieran’s College where he first learned his hurling skill.

He was member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1931 until 1938. The affable Tullaroan man won six Leinster and three All-Ireland hurling titles with Kilkenny between 1931 and 1937, and three senior club titles with Tullaroan.

Martin married his wife Peg in 1947, and the couple had seven children. In the late 1940s, the family moved to Glasnevin in Dublin, where Martin spent his golden years.

Two years ago, on his 100th birthday, Martin received a specially commissioned 2009 All-Ireland medal to mark his centenary and Kilkenny's four-in-a-row win. In a post on the Kilkenny County Board website, the board acknowledged the death of a legendary hurler and extended its sympathy to Martin's family.

 

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