THERE is sadness on the northside of Limerick city following the loss of community activist Mick ‘The Quill’ Ryan.
Mr Ryan, who was in his 60s, died following a heart attack late on Monday night. Chairman of Moyross United soccer club, he is widely considered to have saved the team from extinction.
A respected community activist, the Shanabooly Road resident was a member of Republican Sinn Fein, running for the party in 2004 and 2009 local elections.
Northside councillor Maurice Quinlivan said he was “shocked and saddened” to learn of Mr Ryan’s passing.
“The Quill” was a stalwart and popular member of the local community. He was involved in a huge number of community issues. Mick was a committed republican, trade unionist and community activist. He will be particularly remembered in Moyross where he performed Trojan work over many years through his involvement in Moyross United football club,” Cllr Quinlivan said.
He added that Mr Ryan was committed to building a better community for the whole of the northside.
“Our community has lost a tireless worker who was committed to building a better community for the area. He was particularly interested in helping young people access sport. He was a man who devoted a huge amount of his time to his community especially his efforts to building football in Moyross and will be missed.”
Philip Power, first team manager of Moyross United, said: “He came on board six years ago, and there is no doubt about it, he did what he could to keep the club alive. Although we are winning trophies now, we would not be in that position had he not been here.”
He is survived by sister Ann, brother-in-law Noel, nieces, nephews, cousins and his large circle of friends.