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Tributes Paid After Passing Of Cork Legend Eamonn Ryan

Tributes Paid After Passing Of Cork Legend Eamonn Ryan

Cork LGFA has confirmed that All-Ireland winning manager Eamonn Ryan has died.

Ryan passed away on Thursday afternoon following a battle with an illness.

The Watergrasshill man led the Cork ladies footballers to an incredible 10 titles during 12 years in charge. He also managed the Cork men's team between 1980 and 1984, and recently served as a selector under both Peadar Healy and Ronan McCarthy.

"Eamonn Ryan was a larger than life character who guided Cork to unprecedented success during his spell in charge," said LGFA president Marie Hickey.

"Eamonn’s managerial genius was very much to the fore as Cork won five successive TG4 All-Ireland Senior titles from 2005-2009, and another five-in-a-row from 2011-2015, while he was in charge.

"During Eamonn’s tenure, Cork were also crowned Division 1 National League Champions on nine occasions.

"Eamonn had a unique bond with the players he worked alongside, who all speak of his influence in glowing terms.

"Many of us in the LGFA also had the opportunity to get to know Eamonn on a personal level over the course of many years.

"He joined us on TG4 All Star tours abroad and he was such a personable character, and engaging company.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of Eamonn’s passing and he leaves behind an incredible legacy.

"On behalf of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to Eamonn’s family and friends at this very sad time."

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