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Brian Cody pays tribute to the late Paul Shefflin

Paul Shefflin

A sad day.

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has paid tribute to the late Paul Shefflin, following his sad passing.

Shefflin, the brother of Kilkenny great Henry, played with distinction for Ballyhale Shamrocks, passed away suddenly at the age of 41 after going out for a run.

And today, prior to Kilkenny’s win away to Dublin at Parnell Park, Cody paid tribute to Shefflin who was a popular figure within Kilkenny hurling.

“A really, really sad time..”

“A really, really sad time for Ballyhale, the whole of Kilkenny and all hurling people everywhere,” Cody said on RTE. “The Shefflin family are synonymous with the game..

“Paul was a terrific hurler himself.. He was a very popular figure around the place.”

Also speaking on the passing of the 41-year-old was ex-Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrell, who mourned the passing of a gentleman.

“When the news trickled through yesterday, you’re asking the question: why?,” he said.

“All the things you alluded to – a great club man, a great family man, and possibly because of Henry’s success he was possibly overshadowed.

“A great club man, coaching and treasurer of the club. I played against Paul a few times, he was a real tough cookie, but a gentleman off the hurling field.

“It’s a sad, sad day for a community like Ballyhale that have had a lot of tragedy down throughout the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shefflin family and all the communities associated with Ballyhale GAA tonight.”

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.