PICS: Joe Canning proved his class by standing with Tony Keady's family as the cup was lifted 2 years ago

PICS: Joe Canning proved his class by standing with Tony Keady's family as the cup was lifted

Galway's first All-Ireland Hurling Final win in 29 years was given a sad emotional dimension by the passing of Tony Keady last month.

Keady, who won the All-Ireland with Galway back in the 80s, was fondly remembered throughout the afternoon by commentators Marty Morrissey and Michael Duignan, as well as Galway captain David Burke in his post-match speech.

As Burke spoke, Joe Canning proved himself a class act on and off the pitch by standing with the wife and children of Tony Keady. Cameras showed that Canning was stood with Keady's family when Burke lifted the Liam MacCarthy.

The gesture didn't go unnoticed, with many on social media noting the Galway talisman's comforting gesture.

Not only that, but the man who scored nine points for Galway today was filmed after the final whistle posing with two delighted young fans, holding the trophy — before he even got into the Galway dressing room. What a hero.