A Tribute to the late Eamonn Egan, R.I.P.
It was with deep shock and disbelief that the communities of Clonoulty-Rossmore and Gortnahoe-Glengoole learned of the tragic passing of Eamonn Egan on February 9th this year. During his eighteen years in Clonoulty Eamonn had endeared himself to the people of the parish with his quiet charm and affable nature.
Family values were paramount to Eamonn and he was a devoted husband to Ann and a model father to David and Laura. For his family the void that his untimely passing leaves can never be filled.
Coming from a well known and widely respected family steeped in Gaelic culture, Eamonn brought a rich G.A.A. pedigree to Clonoulty. He became an active member of the club and gave generously and willingly of his time and efforts to a wide range of club activities. He was to the fore in the big fund-raising effort in recent years to upgrade the club’s facilities.
His main interest, however, was in the Juvenile club and he was a staunch member of the Juvenile Committee for many years before his passing. He served as manager and selector with many teams at underage level and enjoyed many successes on the hurling and football fields with his teams. Eamonn was extremely popular with, and respected by, the players for his interest, commitment, dedication, loyalty and understanding of the young people under his care. Eamonn always strove to find the best in people and never spoke ill of anyone. He treated his players with the same respect that he showed to all mankind.
While Eamonn threw his heart and soul into the affairs of Clonoulty-Rossmore G.A.A. he never forgot his native parish. He followed the fortunes of “the red and white” with avid interest, rejoicing in their victories and reluctantly but graciously accepting their defeats. How proud he was when a Gortnahoe-Glengoole youngster donned the blue and gold of his beloved Tipperary!
A shrewd judge of hurling, Eamonn rarely missed the big club and county games, Minor, Under 21 or Senior, league or championship (unless, of course, the coursing season was in full flow!) He was never short of facts and figures to support his arguments as all match details were carefully noted in the match programme, scorers, wides, frees, substitutions and a host of other interesting data.
Eamonn, we will miss the many pleasant hours of banter in advance of the big games and the hours of analysis we shared in the aftermath.
A true Gael has been taken from us prematurely but we are reassured that he now observes the big and the little games from the great stand in the heavens.
No nicer gentle man has come to live among us in the parish of Clonoulty-Rossmore. Ní fheicfimid a leithéid arís inár measc.
To Ann, David and Laura, to the Egan and Hammersley families and to all those left bereaved by Eamonn’s passing we offer our heartfelt condolences.
I measc na naomh is na n-aingeal go raibh a anam uasal Gaelach.