Saturday 29 April 2017

'Irish football has lost one of its favourite sons' - tributes pour in for Ray Treacy

26 January 1992; Ray Treacy, Shamrock Rovers Manager, Soccer. Picture credit; David Maher/SPORTSFILE
26 January 1992; Ray Treacy, Shamrock Rovers Manager, Soccer. Picture credit; David Maher/SPORTSFILE
RAY TREACY PICTURED IN HIS TRAVEL AGENCY. PIC: AIDAN CRAWLEY
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Tributes have been flowing in for former Ireland international Ray Treacy after he passed away last night after a short illness at the age of 68.

The popular Dubliner won 42 caps for his country between 1966 and 1980 and later went into management in the League of Ireland where the highlight was delivering title success to Shamrock Rovers in 1994.

Treacy was also a well-known figure in the travel industry after establishing his own agency in 1978 which later became the official partner of the FAI and organised trips for both the Irish team and travelling supporters. He retired from the business in 2009.

"Deeply saddened by Ray Treacy's passing. International Legend, League Legend & an absolute gentleman. RIP Ray," tweeted the official FAI account this morning.

THREE AMIGOS: Ray Treacy, John Giles and Pat Duffy relax after a successul completion of the John Giles Golf Classic at Hollystown Golf Club last Wednesday.
THREE AMIGOS: Ray Treacy, John Giles and Pat Duffy relax after a successul completion of the John Giles Golf Classic at Hollystown Golf Club last Wednesday.

"We are all deeply saddened at the passing of Ray Treacy," FAI chief executive John Delaney said today. "He was legend of Irish football and made a unique contribution to his country, to schoolboy football and to the League of Ireland."

"As the FAI's official travel agent he helped thousands of Irish supporters follow the team all over the globe, particularly to the World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 2002. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, his wife Jenny, his daughters Karen and Lisa, and two sons John and Gary."

"So sad to hear Ray Treacy has passed away. A great man and much loved by so many #RIPRAYTREACY," former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane posted on his Twitter account following the sad news.

The hard worker initially made his name on the pitch as a brave striker who overcame his lack of height (5 ft 9 inches) to earn a reputation as an aerial threat with an eye for goal.

He started his career with Home Farm and then moved across the water for a brief spell at West Brom. But a switch to Charlton in 1968 really put him on the map and that was followed by stints at Swindon and Preston before he relocated to West Brom in 1976 to work under his long term Irish colleague John Giles.

Treacy earned a place in Rovers hearts by scoring a winning penalty in the 1978 FAI Cup Final and maintaining an association with the club that eventually led to his appointment as manager in 1992 - he had cut his teeth at Home Farm and Drogheda. Playing out of the RDS, he led the Hoops to the championship two years later.

His departure from the hot-seat in 1996 was the signal for Treacy to concentrate on the business which kept him in regular contact with the football community. The jovial character, who was a familiar presence on the airwaves because of that quality, will be missed by the many friends that he made along the way.

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