Kerry GAA loses a wonderful stalwart

Dermot Moynihan (centre) proudly holds the All-Ireland trophy when Kilcummin club officials and mentors visited him at his home earlier this year

THERE is a great air of sadness in the parish of Kilcummin and throughout the GAA community countywide following the sad passing this Monday of Dermot (Brady) Moynihan who devoted much of his life to game he loved.

Hugely popular, gentle and good humoured, Dermot was a vice president of the Kilcummin club and he was a delegate to the County Board and East Kerry Board for over 25 years, also serving as vice chairman and, later, vice president of the latter.

A talented player in his day, he was part of the only Kilcummin team to win the East Kerry SFC O’Donoghue Cup in 1973. He went on to become a hugely effective administrator with Kilcummin, he always had the best interests of the game and its players at heart and he was never slow to speak up on the key issues of the day at county board level.

Dermot was also very actively involved with the Fitzgerald Stadium Committee and, for many years, he was the smiling and welcoming face that greeted reporters as they arrived to the door of the press box on the days of big championship games.

One of his proudest days was when his beloved club outclassed Naomh Eanna of Antrim to win the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship in Croke Park last February and, although ill health prevented him from being there to witness it first-hand, Dermot was delighted when chairman, Eugene McSweeney, and team mentors and players visited his home in Ballinamanagh with the cup.

A statement from Kilcummin officials today said the club is in mourning following his passing and they extended condolences to the Moynihan family.

Predeceased by his son Adrian, Dermot is survived by his wife, Mary, children Gearóid, Louise, Kieran, Eric and Allan, grandchildren Ava, Dean, Zach, Liam, Sophie, Erica, Isobel and Samuel, son-in-law Tom Moynihan, daughters-in-law Helen, Elaine and Valerie and many other relatives and friends.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Tuesday evening from 7.15pm to 9.00pm, removal will take place afterwards to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin.

Requiem Mass will on Wednesday at 11.00am with burial afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kilcummin.

The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to palliative care.

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