“I never realised anything like this would ever happen to me. I thought you had to be dead,” said Tipperary and Thurles hurling legend Jimmy Doyle at the opening of the new road in the town named in his honour on Monday.
The hurling great, who won three All-Ireland minor medals and six senior medals as well as a Harty Cup with Thurles CBS, said he was “thrilled over this road”.
He was driven to the opening in a vintage car supplied by Munster Chauffeur and, at Jimmy’s request, decked out in the Thurles Sarfields colours.
Around 100 relatives and friends, including Mickey “The Rattler” Byrne, gathered at the new bridge over the railway line beside Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre as the road was offically opened in the presence of Junior Minister for Transport Alan Kelly; Deputy Noel Coonan and Deputy Michael Lowry.
The road links to Nenagh road and the Templemore road and cost E4.2m to build.
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