Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell honoured by James Stephens GAA club at special function to mark their retirement from Kilkenny

Brian Keyes

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Brian Keyes

Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell honoured by James Stephens GAA club at special function to mark their retirement from Kilkenny

Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell pictured last night.

Last night hundreds of James Stephens club members, along with a galaxy of GAA stars, turned up to pay tribute to two legends of the game, Jackie Tyrrell and Eoin Larkin who recently retired from the Kilkenny senior hurling panel.

The night, with former Offaly hurler Michael Duignan as MC saw Eoin and Jackie thanked for their outstanding service to Kilkenny hurling - winning 17 All Ireland medals between them.

Hurling legends like former team mates Tommy Walsh and Henry Shefflin, former Clare keeper and current Wexford manager  Davy Fitzgerald,  and John Mullane were in attendance. Inter county rivals like Eoin Cadogan of Cork and Paddy Stapleton from Tipperary were also there.

The night opened with thanks from club mate and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Kilkenny GAA chairman Ned Quinn.

One of the livelier debates was a 'rematch' between Tommy Walsh and referee Brian Gavin.

Also speaking at the function were two former GAA presidents, Liam O'Neill and Nickey Brennan.