KILLARNEY was stunned and greatly saddened on Wednesday when news broke of the sudden death, at the age of 60, of Harry Bartlett.
A great sportsman who devoted so much time, effort and commitment to the clubs he was involved with, Harry served Dr Crokes GAA Club and Killarney Celtic FC as an accomplished player, mentor, manager and official and he was also a highly respected GAA referee.
He was also a very willing volunteer with the Fitzgerald Stadium Committee and was always there when needed to help out on big match days.
Originally from Marian Terrace and later, Woodlawn Park, Harry played with Crokes at all levels and, on the soccer field, he had a reputation as a no nonsense, fearless centre half with Celtic.
He was also an enthusiastic rower and he competed in several regattas, at all levels, with the Workmen’s Rowing Club down through the years.
Harry’s commitment to Dr Crokes was formally recognised last February when he and his wife, Ann, were joint winners of the Dr Crokes Supporter of the Year award.
When it came to supporting the black and amber, there were few houses in Killarney that could match the Bartlett homestead with Harry and Ann seldom missing a game or a club event and they were regulars on the sideline when club teams are in action at any level.
Dr Crokes GAA Club, Killarney Celtic and the Fitzgerald Stadium Committee have all paid tributes to Harry and noted the tremendous commitment he gave to all organisations.
“It is with great shock and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of former player officer and club referee Harry Bartlett,” Dr Crokes said in a statement.
Killarney Celtic FC said Harry had a long and proud association with the club which he served as a player, manager and very competent chairman.
“Killarney Celtic wishes to pass on its sincere sympathies to Anne and the extended Bartlett family on this very sad loss,” a spokesperson said.
Fitzgerald Stadium Committee Chairman, Der Brosnan, said Harry always made himself available on big match days and he was a great GAA person.
“May you rest in peace Harry and may your memory be a blessing,” he said.
The Treasurer of the Munster Council of the GAA, Dermot Weeshie Lynch, told of his shock at learning of Harry’s sudden passing.
“Spent Sunday afternoon with Harry in Dingle. Great form discussing football, refereeing, work and, of course, his second family, the Crokes,” he said on Twitter.
Dermot said Harry was always helpful and obliging when the GAA was looking for somebody to referee school games.
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