GAA leads tributes to a wonderful sportsman

The late Noel Lucey: An outstanding footballer and athlete who has passed away. Image source: RIP.ie

THE GAA in Kerry has led tributes to former inter-county star Noel Lucey who has passed away at his home in Glenflesk.

In a statement on social media, the Kerry County Executive offered sincere sympathies to the family of the late great footballer.

Meanwhile, Glenflesk GAA Club said: “We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Lucey family on the death of Noel.

“He was a tireless worker for Glenflesk Parish setting up Glenflesk athletics and parish leagues in the early days of the club. May he rest in peace”.

Laune Rangers GAA Club, which he represented with great pride, also extended sincere condolences to Noel Lucey’s extended family and his many friends.

An outstanding sportsman, awho also excelled at athletics and boxing, Noel was a Laune Rangers stalwart and played for two seasons in the green and gold, making five championship appearances and three in the national league.

At a 2017 function in Glenflesk at which he was honoured for his footballing achievements, Noel Lucey is pictured with his daughters, Deirdre O’Connell (left) and Áine Keogh and, at back, Karen Lucey, Linda Eviston (RIP) and Sandra Lucey.
Picture: John Reidy/Maine Valley Post

Originally from Caragh Lake and a talented and fearless centre half back, he won an All-Ireland medal against Roscommon in 1962 and he won two Munster Championship medals.

He was also part of a team of Irish emigrants in London – including four Kerrymen – who entered and won the 1966 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship.

At a special function held in Glenflesk, four years ago, Noel and Patsy Flynn from Currow were honoured for the part they played in that historic victory. Both were influential stars in the game which saw London cause a major shock when they overcame a fancied Cork side 1-6 to 0-8 at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Noel captained and trained the Laune Rangers senior team in 1971 and 1972 before moving to Glenflesk.

Predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Shine), his daughter Linda (Eviston), his parents Cornelius and Maureen and his four brothers, Brendan, Jimmy, Vincent and Paul – all outstanding sportsmen – Noel is survived by his daughters, Karen, Sandra, Deirdre and Aíne, sons-in-law, Patrick, Dermot, Richard and Colin, 16 grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, his partner Eileen, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place for Noel in St Aghatha’s Church, Glenflesk and it will be live-stream on the Glenflesk Parish Facebook page at 12 noon on Wednesday, followed by burial in Aghadoe Cemetery.

The family has asked for donations, in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to palliative care and the family home is private.