Leonard Enright RIP
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan has paid tribute to the late Leonard Enright who passed away on Friday evening at the age of 65 after a brave battle with illness.
From the Patrickswell club in Limerick, Leonard was renowned as a phenomenal athlete and was only this summer inducted in the GAA Museum’s Hall of Fame.
He enjoyed a lengthy inter-county career throughout the 70s and 80s as he established himself as one of the finest full backs of his generation - an imposing defender who combined strength and determination with a deft touch and a shrewd awareness.
Sub goalkeeper on the 1973 All-Ireland final winning team, Enright won Munster titles in 1980 and 1981 and League titles in 1984 and 1985. At a time of fierce competition for this position, he was the All-Star full-back in 1980, 1981 and 1983.
Uachtarán CLG John Horan said: “Over a long and distinguished career, Leonard Enright was an outstanding hurler for Limerick and for Patrickswell, a fantastic performer who led by example.
“For all his skill and ability on the field, Leonard will also be synonymous with the positive impact that he had on so many and I know he is fondly remembered by people from all over Ireland who came into contact with him through his work with Mary Immaculate College in helping to develop Gaelic games there.
“The esteem in which he was held was very evident in the moving tribute paid to him by club mates Richie Bennis, Ciaran Carey and Cian Lynch at the All-Stars on Friday night, where their fondness and admiration for Leonard was so eloquently displayed.
“It was a great honour to meet Leonard and his family on the occasion of his induction into the GAA Hall of Fame at the Museum in Croke Park last summer. Their pride in him and his achievements was obvious, so too, their admiration for the way in which he had battled so bravely against illness.
“On behalf of our Association I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, many friends, club mates in Patrickswell and to the Gaels of Limerick on the news of his passing. “
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