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Jimmy Cooney RIP

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I think we are all sad to read of Jimmy Cooneys death, a great career with Galway and later a referee. I think this website should just post a plain picture of him either hurling or refereeing - today should not be a reminder to his family about a basic mistake which he made in 1998 - today is about the man who hurled with club and county and was went on to referee all other games without the same attention as he got in 1998 -surely a simple photo from a team or of him in flow refereeing a game would be better than reminding all of one mistake he made in a game. Ime saying that as an Offaly man.

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 1034 - 01/08/2023 15:37:52    2498385

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Ah may Jimmy rest in peace. A great corner back and poor man got such a tough time over the 98srmi final. Hope he at peace and his family find some solace.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3674 - 01/08/2023 15:50:47    2498389

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I agree with the original poster here. A different photograph, from a different occasion, would be far more fitting here.

Pikeman96 (Wexford) - Posts: 2229 - 01/08/2023 16:07:36    2498393

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Excellent post from the Offaly man.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1478 - 01/08/2023 16:09:02    2498394

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RIP Jimmy. He was a tenacious hurler and we once played Sarsfields down in Galway in a match and Jimmy and the whole club were the height of gentlemen after the match was over.
He was hung out to dry by the GAA at a time when instead of shepherding him off the field, they just needed to have cool heads and clarify the time remaining and restart play. Instead, GAA authorities HUMILIATED the man.
He deserves an apology more than any other GAA figure. What have the GAA done in those 25 years to help referees out? Zero.
RIP to a gentleman and a Gael.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1122 - 01/08/2023 16:53:36    2498411

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Rip,I agree Gaa totally scapegoated the man..I remember watching the man playing corner back for Galway,he was tough,tenacious and wasn't a bad hurler at all..sympathies to all his family and friends.

CTGAA10 (Limerick) - Posts: 2208 - 01/08/2023 17:01:20    2498420

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RIP a genuine decent man.

2maroonjerseys (Galway) - Posts: 26 - 01/08/2023 17:31:45    2498430

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R.I.P.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2113 - 01/08/2023 17:46:53    2498438

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Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 1030 - 01/08/2023 15:37:52 2498385

Fairplayalways {Offaly) Allow me to congratulate you on the all-inclusive wording of your post, it speaks volumes about you as a person and I don't even know you, however your username fits your picture in you being an Offaly man.

This website as you put it was indeed a little insensitive to, not alone to Jimmy but to his family, Jimmy may have made a simple forgivable mistake which appeared to plague him from there on in, he is still waiting for the apology from the gaa that he never got.
Perhaps some one closer to Jimmy might post a more appropriate picture.

Rest in peace forever Jimmy Cooney.

Hearth felt sympathy to your Family and friends.

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.

Scallioneater (Carlow) - Posts: 293 - 01/08/2023 19:21:04    2498453

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Replying To ExiledInWex:  "RIP Jimmy. He was a tenacious hurler and we once played Sarsfields down in Galway in a match and Jimmy and the whole club were the height of gentlemen after the match was over.
He was hung out to dry by the GAA at a time when instead of shepherding him off the field, they just needed to have cool heads and clarify the time remaining and restart play. Instead, GAA authorities HUMILIATED the man.
He deserves an apology more than any other GAA figure. What have the GAA done in those 25 years to help referees out? Zero.
RIP to a gentleman and a Gael."
Well said, completely agree with you.
RIP

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1898 - 01/08/2023 20:47:26    2498475

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Sad news, RIP.

I recall seeing an interview with him on tg4 I think, about the Offaly-Clare fiasco. Felt so sorry for him, you could tell he was still traumatised by the whole incident, even decades later.

ballydalane (Kilkenny) - Posts: 1246 - 01/08/2023 20:47:31    2498476

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RIP Jimmy Cooney. Great GAA man and sound man more importantly. Two time all star and part of the even rarer band of all Ireland winner at club and county. A tough corner back and good hurler too. Great man to get involved as an intercounty ref after wards too, not too many like that to play and ref at th highest level. If every a man was shafted by Croke Park and thrown to the wolves it was Jimmy Cooney. Was a very fair and respected ref, understood the game and way to talk to players. Thoughts go out the Cooney family who've had a lot of tragedy at their door lately with Jimmy's youbger brother Peter and mother also dying recently. A great hurling family, Jimmy, Joe, Joe Jr and Heather all Ireland winners. John and Kevin also on the hurling panel at present too and Jimmy and Joe's brother Brendan also played senior with galway too I think. RIP

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 258 - 01/08/2023 20:50:00    2498480

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "I think we are all sad to read of Jimmy Cooneys death, a great career with Galway and later a referee. I think this website should just post a plain picture of him either hurling or refereeing - today should not be a reminder to his family about a basic mistake which he made in 1998 - today is about the man who hurled with club and county and was went on to referee all other games without the same attention as he got in 1998 -surely a simple photo from a team or of him in flow refereeing a game would be better than reminding all of one mistake he made in a game. Ime saying that as an Offaly man."
Rest in Peace Jimmy but to tell the truth, I wouldnt have known that was a picture of him being escorted off the pitch in the moments following his "famous" mistake if you hadnt drawn attention to it. And really I would think the majority of posters would have been as oblivious to it as I was. It would have been far better had you just started a tribute thread to him rather than doing a "Tom Smith"on it and turning it into something to argue about. Actually I dont think HS have done him as much a disservice as you have (even though I know your intentions were good).

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1902 - 01/08/2023 21:57:10    2498489

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Fully agree with original poster. RIP Jimmy

Trucker1 (Galway) - Posts: 372 - 01/08/2023 22:56:41    2498495

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Replying To ExiledInWex:  "RIP Jimmy. He was a tenacious hurler and we once played Sarsfields down in Galway in a match and Jimmy and the whole club were the height of gentlemen after the match was over.
He was hung out to dry by the GAA at a time when instead of shepherding him off the field, they just needed to have cool heads and clarify the time remaining and restart play. Instead, GAA authorities HUMILIATED the man.
He deserves an apology more than any other GAA figure. What have the GAA done in those 25 years to help referees out? Zero.
RIP to a gentleman and a Gael."
I agree on all counts. That photo is in very bad taste considering the circumstances, most insensitive.
He was treated appallingly and paid dearly for a human error that should have been rectified on the day.
A great hurler and a true sportsman.
Laoch ar lár.
Beannacht na ngrást leat, a Jimmy.

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1785 - 02/08/2023 02:21:37    2498504

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I see they've changed the photograph. Thanks to them for taking on board the opinions expressed here.

Pikeman96 (Wexford) - Posts: 2229 - 02/08/2023 11:00:08    2498541

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Replying To CTGAA10:  "Rip,I agree Gaa totally scapegoated the man..I remember watching the man playing corner back for Galway,he was tough,tenacious and wasn't a bad hurler at all..sympathies to all his family and friends."
RIP to Jimmy and his family he made a mistake and nobody holds that against him in Clare, but we were the best team in Ireland in 1998 IMO and were up 3/4 points with Barry Murphy bearing in on goal I would definitely have fancied us in Final.

its all water under the Bridge now jimmy was a fine tough corner back and Croak Park officials did handle it badly and i am sure Jimmy suffered a bit for it cant ever remember him reefing again.

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 880 - 02/08/2023 11:32:24    2498554

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Very sad news about Jimmy. He was an honourable honest good man. May he R.I.P.

katser (Galway) - Posts: 2192 - 02/08/2023 11:56:40    2498568

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Did he ever referee again, even in club games in Galway?

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1122 - 02/08/2023 16:15:59    2498687

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May he rest in peace

Brandyh (Galway) - Posts: 23 - 02/08/2023 20:35:05    2498752

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