Tributes paid to ‘outstanding’ Limerick sportsman Fergus McDonnell

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Tributes paid to ‘outstanding’ Limerick sportsman Fergus McDonnell

MANY TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Limerick's most outstanding sport stars of the past Fergus McDonnell, who has passed away this week. 

An all around sports man he played soccer with Limerick under Eoin Hand and also played rugby for Young Munster and Richmond and was an underage All-Ireland boxing champion.

"We are all saddened and shocked at the news today of Fergus' passing. He was an outstanding sportsman, a great soccer player, and will be sadly missed," said former Limerick great Pat Nolan, who played with the late Mr McDonnell in the late 70's early 80's.

He played junior soccer with a number of the top teams in Limerick including Janesboro, Star Rovers, Geraldines and Ballynanty, as well as moving to Galway where he also played League of Ireland soccer. He also played GAA with Claughaun.

Close friend Noel Hannan said: "His first love was Young Munster, he loved Young Munster and one of his claims to fame was that in between teams he joined Bally B and was picked for the Oscar Traynor team, the only B player ever to be picked to play for the Limerick Junior soccer representative team."

Late of Limerick Institute of Technology (L.I.T.) he is survived by wife Rita, daughters Michelle, Elaine, Lyndsey, Aishling & Sinead, son Mark, father Seamus, grandchildren, sisters Marian, Lorraine, Rita & Teresa, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends

Reposing at Cross' Funeral Home this Sunday evening from 4.00pm with Removal at 5.30pm to St. John's Cathedral. Requiem Mass Monday at 11am, with burial afterwards in Mt. St. Lawrence (ext) Cemetery. House private please. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, in lieu of flowers to Milford Care Centre.