Shannon’s long serving doctor remembered as rugby club’s ‘best signing’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Shannon Rugby Club doctor, former president and trustee Darragh Little, who passed away last week, was fondly recalled as the “best signing the club ever had” in its long and storied history.

Shannon Rugby Club doctor, former president and trustee Darragh Little, who passed away last week, was fondly recalled as the “best signing the club ever had” in its long and storied history.

Dr Little, who died peacefully in Milford last week, was Shannon’s club doctor for 38 years.

The Galway man, who played hooker with UCC, moved to Limerick when he took up a residency in Barrington’s hospital, later opening a GP practice at his home on the Shelbourne Road.

Shannon’s fixture at the weekend was postponed as a mark of respect to the man who made an “immeasurable contribution” to the club, according to former coach and Irish team manager Brian O’Brien, who was a close friend.

“He was something else. He is a huge loss to the club,” said Mr O’Brien. “He was the best signing we ever had. For 40 years he was a cornerstone of this club, not only for his dedication as a medic but he had a generosity of spirit that bred through everyone. It was a privilege to be his friend. His contribution has been immeasurable.”

In keeping with his wishes, no church service was held for Dr Little and his body was donated to medical research at UCC.

After reposing in Thompson’s Funeral Home on Sunday a wake was held in his honour in Shannon’s clubhouse. He is survived by his beloved partner Eileen, daughter Alanna and her husband Dave, brothers, sister and extended family and friends.