One of Ireland's greatest hurlers, won his 12th Leinster title in 2012, and set numerous hurling records during his much celebrated career.
He attended St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny, the source of many of Ireland's greatest hurlers - but his performance there was considered still average.
He was chosen for his 11th All-Star game in 2012 and was named RTE Sports Person of the Year in 2006.
He had three children with his wife Deirdre O'Sullivan, a camogie player.
He was ineloquently compared to soccer star Lionel Messi during a Champion's League match broadcast in 2013.