Four-time All-Ireland winner Anton O'Toole has passed away aged 68.
The iconic forward began his intercounty career in 1972, and won his first of four Celtic Crosses in Kevin Heffernan's first campaign as Dublin manager in 1974, starting at corner-forward in the win over Galway.
He would lift the Sam Maguire three more times, in 1976 against Kerry, 1977 versus Armagh, and finally in 1983 with another win over the Tribesmen.
The Blue Panther’ played in six consecutive All-Ireland Finals between 1974 and 1979, forming part of a rampaging Dublin forward pack that went toe to toe with Kerry as part of the legendary Heffo’s Army.
“He was perceived as a very quiet man but was in fact a formidable member of the whole group,” former teammate and manger Tony Hanahoe said.
“He was liked by his colleagues, known for his bravery, commitment and loyalty. Although very much a team player, he was always relied on to do his individual job and I don’t think he ever failed us in that.”
O'Toole's stellar career also included eight Leinster SFC titles and two National Leagues along with three All Stars in 1975, 1976 and 1977.
After quitting his playing career, he went on to manage Templeogue Synge-Street.
GAA president John Horan said: "The Dublin team of the 70s was responsible for breathing new life into the GAA in the Capital. That team created a surge of interest and popularity in Gaelic games in Dublin that has gone from strength to strength right through to the present day.
"Anton O'Toole was an integral part of that iconic team. A great player, a great sportsman and a great ambassador for club and county."
#thebluepanter RIP Anton, you were one of us, maybe the best of us. A gentleman you will be missed
— Vinnie Murphy QFA (@Vinniedub14) May 17, 2019
‘Truly one of the greats’ – Tony Hanohoe and @EoinListon among those to pay their respects to deceased Dublin GAA great Anton O’Toole pic.twitter.com/fjC25zFUWG
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) May 17, 2019