Tragic hero Ricky to be honoured by football pals in memorial cup
Published 12/07/2014 | 15:33
Hero teen Ricky Osagie, who died trying to rescue friends from a west Dublin pond, will be remembered by his football teammates with an annual tournament.
The brave 13-year-old - known as 'Rickster' to his Corduff FC pals - tragically died last month after trying to help two friends that got in difficulty in the man-made lake at the Waterville complex in Blanchardstown.
The inaugural Ricky Osagie Memorial Cup will take place in August in honour of the talented footballer whose ambition was to play for Ireland.
Ricky was a talented soccer player who played for Corduff FC and had also been chosen for the FAI's emerging talent programme.
Corduff FC spokesman John McGuinness told the Herald: "It's amazing how the community has really come together in the wake of this tragedy.
"We're appealing for local volunteers to help out during the tournament."
John said the club is asking local businesses to donate €100 towards the establishment of the tournament and to help pay for trophies and equipment.
He said: "Ricky's legacy will be maintained via this tournament and it will also benefit young players directly.
"Corduff FC don't charge underage players to join the club and any proceeds from the tournament will cover a large percentage of insurance fees, pitch fees, public liability, league fees, training fees and equipment fees," he added.
The first tournament will involve eight teams in every age group from Under-9 up to and including Under-18.
The competition will operate across Corduff Park and Damastown and John said that the club hopes to see the tournament becoming the largest off-season underage competition in Ireland.
Corduff FC are also working with Ricky's parents Kelly and Lydia and local schools to establish a permanent memorial in September.
Heartbroken dad Kelly had previously told of how his son selflessly jumped in to save his friends even though he couldn't swim.
"That's what happened. My son died a hero." He added: "He was such a fantastic footballer. We have trophies everywhere in the house.
"Ricky was going to play for Ireland, that's what he said he was going to do."