The word ‘legend’ is often over used. That accusation could not be used when referring to Jim Stynes however.
Having moved to Australia as an 18 year-old; Stynes met fellow Melbourne Aussie Rules’ player Garry Lyon who wasn’t overly blown away by the Dubliner aside from the fact that having pale skin, slim build and being able to deliver jokes hilariously in an Irish accent, he lived up to typical Irish stereotypes.
Over the next 27 years; Lyon and Stynes went on to play almost 500 AFL Aussie Rules matches together and to build a friendship that would last until the death of the latter earlier this week. In an emotional tribute broadcast on Australian Channel Nine’s “The AFL Footy Show” this week; Lyon paid tribute to a man he had grown to love. A link to the tribute is enclosed at the bottom of this article. Suitably poignant; I’m just glad that Lyon managed to hold it together and not cry before the end of the piece. I’m sure he did (cry) shortly after the camera was turned off.
RIP Jim Stynes 23rd April 1966 – 20th March 2012 Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam