RIP Eamonn Ryan
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Eamonn Ryan.
Eamonn graduated from UCC with a BA 1966, and the HDip in Education in 1967.
Eamonn was a former UCC GAA Development Officer (1999 – 2007). He assisted in coaching both UCC Gaelic Football and Hurling teams during his tenure in UCC. He also coached UCC’s camogie team to Ashbourne Cup success.
He had retired as School Principal of Watergrasshill N.S. prior to taking up his position as UCC GAA Development Officer.
Eamonn was also a GAA tutor for the Sports Studies Department, until illness prevented him from attending his much beloved Mardyke to take his classes in recent times. And, Eamonn was also a tutor with the Department of Modern Irish since 2011.
He annually conducted a session for international students to enable them to experience first-hand our traditional games at the Mardyke Sports Grounds.
Eamonn had a tremendous grá for UCC. He was at his happiest strolling the campus meeting people and training groups at the Mardyke.
Eamonn heavily recognised for his contribution to UCC and the wider community. He received the UCC “Hall of Fame” Award at the Clubs & Societies Ball in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to Cork Ladies Football. He was recognised by the Lord Mayor of Cork with a Lord Mayors Civic Award in May 2014 in recognition of his tireless work with the Cork Ladies Gaelic Footballers and in 2017 Eamonn was also awarded a UCC Alumni Award for “Voluntary Service to UCC” .
Eamonn will be remembered as the man who brought prominence to Cork Ladies Gaelic Football and indeed Ladies Gaelic Football generally speaking.
He led Cork to ten All-Ireland titles in eleven years – Five successive TG4 All-Ireland Senior titles from 2005-2009, and another five-in-a-row from 2011-2015.
Eamonn, a Watergrasshill native spent 12 seasons in charge of the Cork senior ladies football team, winning 10 All-Irelands, 10 Munster championships, and nine National League titles during this time.
He had previously served as manager of the Cork men’s senior football team in the early eighties. After finishing his tenure with the Cork ladies in late 2015, he once again got involved with the men’s senior set-up, taking up a backroom role in Peadar Healy’s management team.
As a player, Eamonn was part of the Cork football panel in the mid-1960s.
Eamonn passed on to his eternal rest after an illness bravely fought.
Our deepest sympathies go to Pat, his wife, his six children, and grandchildren at this sad time.
Ar dhéis De go raibh a anam