Thursday 21 September 2017

Veteran schoolboy legislator Tommy Heffernan has passed away

Tommy Heffernan (left) pictured presenting a cup to Darragh Lenihan
Tommy Heffernan (left) pictured presenting a cup to Darragh Lenihan

John Fallon

The death has occurred of Tommy Heffernan, the veteran schoolboy legislator best known for his eight-year spell as Chairman of the Dublin and District Schoolboys’ League.

Following a short illness, Tommy passed away peacefully on Monday night surrounded by his family.

His first involvement on the Irish schoolboy circuit came in the late 1970s when as manager of Pearse Rovers, he helped nurture a budding Paul McGrath through his teens. Other players to come under his tuition during their formative years were Niall Quinn and Bohemians marksman Derek Swan.

His guidance was also apparent in managing the DDSL’s Kennedy Cup squad of 1985, beating Limerick in the final at Dalymount Park.

He soon became involved on in administration side with the DDSL, fulfilling a variety of voluntary roles including the daunting task of Referee allocator, and his ambition of spearheading his league came to fruition in 2004 when he was elected Chairman at a packed Annual General Meeting held in the Red Cow Hotel.

Tommy has also represented the DDSL on the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) executive committee and Leinster Football Association.

After departing the DDSL eight years later, he spent recent years assisting the Wicklow District League as fixtures secretary and was also returned to the sideline as a mentor for a team within St Joseph’s Boys senior section.

All at Independent News and Media would like to pass their condolences to Tommy’s wife Margaret, daughters Carol, Sharon and Clare and son Stephen Junior at this sad time.

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