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Tributes Paid After Shock Death Of Offaly Football Manager Liam Kearns

11 January 2023; Offaly manager Liam Kearns before the O'Byrne Cup Group C Round 3 match between Dublin and Offaly at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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The GAA world, and no doubt many beyond it, are in mourning following the shock death of Liam Kearns on Sunday.

The 61-year-old, manager of the Offaly senior footballers at the time of his passing, was a Kerry native.

"In his short period of time as manager of the senior footballers, Liam made a hugely positive impact and he was extremely well respected by everyone associated with Offaly GAA," said Offaly GAA in a statement.

"Liam was, of course, an experienced and successful inter-county and club manager and Offaly had quickly benefited from his thorough and meticulous approach to the role.

"Offaly GAA extend deepest sympathies to his wife Angela, daughters Rachel and Laura, and other members of his family."

Kerry GAA described Kearns as a "GAA great, and a proud Austin Stacks man". He won an All-Ireland minor title with the Kingdom in 1980, and was a panellist when Kerry won the 1986 All-Ireland title.


The former Garda sergeant also managed Limerick, Tipperary, and Laois at inter-county level.

During six years in charge of Limerick, he led the county to Munster finals in 2003 and 2004. Kearns also guided the Limerick U21s to the 2000 All-Ireland final against Tyrone.

Tipperary GAA tweeted on Sunday that "Liam’s contribution to football in our county was immense."

21 August 2016; Tipperary manager Liam Kearns in a huddle with his players after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final game between Mayo and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

In 2016, his first of four years as Tipperary manager, he led the county to an All-Ireland semi-final where they lost to Mayo. That year saw Kearns's side defeat Cork, Derry, and Galway in the Championship.

"I was very lucky and fortunate to get to meet him when he was across from me managing Tipp at the same time [I was Tipperary hurling manager]," Liam Sheedy told RTÉ Allianz League Sunday.

"We got to spend a few days in America together, days I'll always remember. He was great fun, a smashing fella who loved the game and gave so much to the GAA."



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