KILLARNEY Athletic AFC has told of its sadness at learning of the death of former Republic of Ireland player Alan McLoughlin who taught some of the skills of the game to young local players several years ago.
He was the special guest at Athletic’s first ever coaching academy in 1992 – two years after he was involved in Italia 90 – and he spent a full week demonstrating the passion, drive and skills required for the young enthusiasts to move forward with their development.
“His friendliness to all of the kids, giving freely of his time to answer questions and sign autographs, will be remembered,” said club Chairperson Geraldine Nagle.
The former Portsmouth and Swindon Town midfielder, passed away, following an illness, at the age of 54.
Capped 42 for the Republic of Ireland and his country’s Player of the Year in 1996, Alan carved out his own little place in the high altar of Ireland’s sporting history with a glorious goal at a hostile Windsor Park, Belfast in November 1993 when sent the Boys in Green to the 1994 World Cup in America.
“We thank Alan for the wonderful memories and Killarney Athletic AFC sends healing prayers and loving hugs to his family,” Geraldine said.