Tributes paid to former Limerick soccer star Dessie McNamara

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Tributes paid to former Limerick soccer star Dessie McNamara

1966 FAI Cup Final team - McNamara is second from right on back

LIMERICK soccer is in mourning following the death of Dessie McNamara.

The former Pike Rovers and Limerick FC player passed away last week, leading Limerick FC to pay tribute to the 'half back'.

In a club statement, Limerick FC commented that McNamara was a great servant of the club, who was part of the first ever League winning side in 1960. 

Limerick FC statement: "Limerick FC were deeply saddened by the passing last week of Dessie McNamara, part of our club’s first-ever league-winning side in 1960.

In remembering Dessie and his huge contribution to Limerick FC, club historian Gary Spain penned the following tribute:

"I was saddened to hear of the death of Dessie McNamara, a great servant of the club. Dessie joined the club from Pike Rovers at the start of the 1956/57 season and was a firm favourite for over a decade.

"He was mainly a half-back and he always gave 100 percent for the blue jersey. In his first season, Dessie won his place in the team from the start and the club reached the FAI Cup semi-final, losing to Shamrock Rovers in a replay.

"Dessie was part of the side that defeated Drumcondra 4-3 to win the club’s first Dublin City Cup in 1958 and of course won the league with his hometown club in 1960.

"He played in the late defeat by Saint Patrick’s Athletic on the last day when tears of disappointment turned to pure elation when news came through that Cork Celtic had defeated Shelbourne, handing the title to Limerick.

"Dessie travelled to Berne as the club played European football for the first time. His career was book-ended by cup disappointment v Shamrock Rovers. He was part of the side that lost the 1965 final after a replay and suffered Cup heartbreak against the Hoops a year later, losing the final 2-0. Those were the club’s first appearance in the FAI Cup final.’

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam"

Desmond (Dessie) McNamara (Alandale Orchard, Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick, formerly of Glenview Gardens, late of Pike Rovers and Limerick FC) 21st February 2018, peacefully at Milford Care Centre. Beloved husband of the late Eileen. Dearly loved father of Susan, Jane and Brian. Sadly missed by his loving sons-in-law Mike and Nick, daughter-in-law Carolyn, grandchildren Jessica, Sarah, Alan, Shane, Cian and Darren, great grandson Ollie, brothers, sisters, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Reposing at Thompson’s Funeral Home, Thomas Street this Thursday evening from 5.30pm to 7pm followed by removal to St Joseph’s Church, O’ Connell Avenue.

Requiem Mass on Friday at 11.30am with burial afterwards in Mount St Oliver Cemetery.

Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Milford Care Centre.