Sunday 19 January 2020

Sporting world bids farewell to ex-FAI chief

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues from the sporting world packed a Dublin church yesterday to bid a fond farewell to Louis Kilcoyne, a former president of the FAI who died at the weekend.

Mr Kilcoyne's children, Giles and Jane, paid a special tribute to their father who they described as a "selfless man who was always willing to lend a helping hand."

"I know dad would be very pleased with today's gate," said Giles to laughter.

Jane recalled how some of her earliest memories were of going to Milltown with her father to watch Shamrock Rovers, which the Kilcoyne family had bought in the early 1970s.

"We would be helping out at the turnstiles, watching the game and then have a coke afterwards in the clubhouse. Those were great days," she said. "Dad was a warm, loving man and fun to be around."

Among the congregation to the Church of the Three Patrons in Rathgar were John Giles and Eamon Dunphy, Eamonn Coghlan, FAI chief executive John Delaney and president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat Hickey. Mr Kilcoyne was also a former vice president of the council.

They heard how, in 1972, Mr Kilcoyne was responsible for masterminding an all-Ireland XI with players drawn from both sides of the border. The team was only narrowly beaten by then world champions Brazil in Dublin.

Fr Joe Mullan remembered Mr Kilcoyne as a devoted husband to Teresa and a doting grandfather to seven-month-old Jack Louis Scally, who was named in his honour.

Irish Independent

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