Limerick hurling legend, Eamonn Rea.
Limerick hurling legend, Eamonn Rea.

Eamonn Rea RIP

GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan, has offered his and the Association’s condolences on the passing of Effin native and Limerick hurling legend, Eamonn Rea, who was also a fellow member of Faughs Hurling and Camogie Club in Templeogue in Dublin.

Ryan said: “Eamonn was a much loved and hugely influential figure in the club. A great source of advice and guidance, and a great supporter and inspiration for all of our teams of every age and code.

“The last time I met him was at a junior hurling match three weeks ago and he was in great form. It's a big shock for everybody. Our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dá anam.”

Rea played 15 championship matches for Limerick between 1964 and 1975, scoring 3-8.

He was part of the Limerick All-Ireland winning team of 1973, and, famously, in the All-Ireland semi-final that year against London, marked his brother Gerry.

A versatile player who was as comfortable playing in defence as he was attack, the powerfully-built Rea also won two Munster SHC titles with Limerick as well as a Fitzgibbon Cup title with UCC.

He made a big impact on the club hurling scene in Dublin, winning three Dublin SHC titles with Faughs in 1970, 1972, and 1973.

A passionate Limerick man, he was one of the driving forces behind the Limerick GAA Supporters Club in Dublin, now known as Club Limerick Dublin, for many years.

He is survived by his wife Mary, son Seán, and daughters Lisa and Leonie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.