Dublin gaelic football legend Anton O'Toole has sadly passed away at the age of 68.
O'Toole won four All-Ireland's with the Dubs during Kevin Heffernan's reign, as well as three All-Stars and 8 Leinster titles. O'Toole was a stalwart in the #10 shirt during the Heffo's Army glory years. 'The Blue Panther' also possessed one of the greatest nicknames in GAA history.
His passing was confirmed by his club Templeogue Synge Street this morning.
It is with sadness this morning that we report the passing of the great Anton O’Toole . Our condolences to his family and all his many friends from all of us at TSS. More to follow ... pic.twitter.com/R7wHXeJ5sP
— Templeogue Synge St (@Tempsyngest) May 17, 2019
Speaking to the Examiner in 2011, O'Toole ranked the '74 All-Ireland win over Cork as the sweetest win of them all.
That was our greatest victory because it came from nothing. We had absolutely no expectation of winning an All-Ireland in 74. We played Cork in a league match early that year.
They were All-Ireland champions at the time and I never got a kick in the match and I remember walking home up Camden Street saying ‘I’m not going to make it here’. That was six months before we won an All-Ireland.
O'Toole also managed his club to the 2008 Dublin intermediate club title.
Glen Hansard singing 'Raglan Road' at the top of Grafton St last Christmas is something truly special.
— Ross Doyle (@rdoyle88) December 25, 2018
The GAA world this morning mourns one of the greats of that famous Dublin team.
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) May 17, 2019
Anton O’Toole - The Blue Panther RIP pic.twitter.com/vXzQhU0Ybv
— Les Brooks (@les_brooks) May 17, 2019
Devastating news for Dubs that our fantastic hero and gentleman Anton O'Toole has sadly passed away. The joy that man gave me as a kid watching him in the Blue & Navy will live with me forever. Rest in Peace Blue Panther😥.
— Alan Cody (@goonercody) May 17, 2019