The brilliant Kilkenny and Dublin hurler, MJ Ryan, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. All his many friends in the sport were saddened with the news. MJ hadn”t been well for the last few weeks.
In his prime, his all-action style for the Cats and the Dubs was admired by all. He was a diligent and distinguished centre half-forward.
On coming to Dublin, he gave so many wonderful years to Faughs. They had golden years in 1986 and ”87.
For Dublin he played under Jimmy Boggan and Lar Foley. It was Pat Henderson who brought him onto the black and amber senior team.In recent times he was the central figure in the Thomas Davis hurling revolution.
Last season he managed the Dublin South West Regional team in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship.They delivered some sparkling displays and were most unlucky not to have reached the quarter-final.
MJ was one of the most popular figures on the circuit. He had a very easy-going personality. He loved hurling and it”s people. And he enjoyed the banter at the games.
MJ was delighted with the improvement in Dublin hurling”s fortunes in recent years.
And in his own quiet way, he played a generous part in the renaissance.