Tributes paid after death of well known Limerick GAA figure Leo Morrison

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Tributes paid to Limerick GAA stalworth Leo Morrison who has died

Leo Morrison died this Wednesday morning

TRIBUTES have been paid to prominent GAA figure Leo Morrison who died this Wednesday morning.

Monaleen GAA Club is leading the tributes to Mr Morrison, who celebrated his 80th birthday last month.

In a statement posted on social media the club described Leo, who was a trustee, as a man steeped in GAA tradition and who was ever-present at club games and meetings for more than half a century.

Leo, who went to school at St Munchin’s College, joined Monaleen GAA club as a player in 1957.

Between 1961 and 1971, he won two County Senior Hurling titles as well as a Senior Football medal. During his playing career he also won ten city championships.

He was appointed club treasurer in 1960 and he also volunteered as a coach and a fundraiser over the past five decades.

Away from the GAA, Leo Morrison was the original owner of Morrison’s Pub, Ballysimon. He retired from the businesses a number of years ago and his son, Leo Junior, now runs it.

“Leo was an institution in the parish and there will be a huge void to fill within the club and my first thoughts are with his family,” said auctioneer Tom Crosse who was a close friend.

Deputy Willie O’Dea, who met Leo Morrison recently says news of his death came as a total shock.

“It’s a major shock, I was talking to him recently, he was in great form and he was cracking jokes and it’s hard to take in. He certainly didn’t look his age and he was  a very a fit man for his age,” he said.

“He was a towering figure in the GAA and in the local community and he will be greatly missed,” he added.

Leo Morrison’s remains will repose at Cross' Funeral Home, Ballyneety from 5pm this Saturday with his Funeral Mass taking place at Mary Magdalene Church, Monaleen at 1pm on Sunday.

He is survived by his wife Noreen and his children Frances, Leo, James and Noirin.