SOCCER fans around the county were saddened at the death of John Joe Naughton of St Brendan's Park Tralee.
John Joe was a true soccer legend making a phenomenal contribution to the game during his long and illustrious playing career He excelled as a player winning winning a whole host of silverware with his club St Brendan's Park. He also done a huge amount of work promoting the game but at senior and underage level and his love of the game stayed with him to the very end.
Even when his health began to decline he had a great interest in The Park's games and he was delighted last season when his son Tommy was the manager of the Park team that won the Premier A title. He was a very proud man when the cup was brought to his home.
John Joe was admired and highly respcted by clubs around the county where he made many great friends. He was courageous on the field of play and also in hs own life as he put up a huge fight against illness over the past few years.
Clubs all around the county were repesented at his funeral where St Brendan's Park formed a guard of honour. He was laid to rest in Rath Cemetery in Tralee. Deepest sympathy is extended to all his family.
Shortly after John Joe's sad passing came the news of the sudden death of Tim Buckley of Doon, Ballybunion. A native of Offaly Tim and his wife moved to Ballybunion back in the 1970s and he played a pioneering role in the re establishment of a soccer club in the seaside town. He went on to manage the team to many successes and stayed involved in the game right up to the time of his sudden and unexpected death.
Condolences are extended to his family