Sadness at death of veteran Limerick tennis player Eugene Mulholland

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

LIMERICK sporting circles were in a state of shock this week with the sad news of the sudden passing of Eugene Mulholland.

LIMERICK sporting circles were in a state of shock this week with the sad news of the sudden passing of Eugene Mulholland.

Mr Mulholland, from the North Circular Road, died suddenly on Monday in the company of his wife Rita - both long term members of Limerick Lawn Tennis Club on the Ennis Road.

The 77-year-old was an Irish international veteran tennis player, representing his club, province and country at veteran level, winning the Irish Open veteran championship in 1991.

He was a keen sports fan and avid follower of Limerick hurling, representing CBS Sexton Street in the Harty Cup in 1951 and 1952 and winning senior county medals with Treaty Sarsfields in both hurling and football.

He was deeply involved in the Ennis Road tennis club in later life, sitting on several committees as well as keenly encouraging both junior and senior tennis. His wife Rita is a former trustee and honorary life member, while daughter Jennifer-Anne is current tennis captain of the club.

LLTC president Judy McGill said Mulholland was a “wonderful ambassador for the club”.

“Eugene represented all that was good in tennis and sport in general, both on and off the court,” said Ms McGill.

Mr Mulholland ran wholesalers Electrical Factors on the Ballysimon Road for more than 40 years and friends this week remembered a “quiet and unassuming man” who were shocked at his sudden passing.

He is survived by his wife Rita, son Diarmaid and daughter Jennifer-Anne, sister Anne, extended relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home today (Wednesday) from 5pm to 8pm with removal tomorrow Thursday to Our Lady of the Rosary Church for 11am Mass. Burial after in Mount St Lawrence (Extension) Cemetery.