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Louis Kilcoyne: passed away following short illness

Louis Kilcoyne: passed away following short illness

Louis Kilcoyne: passed away following short illness

Tributes have been paid to Louis Kilcoyne, the former FAI president and a former vice president of the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Mr Kilcoyne passed away yesterday following a short illness.

He was responsible for one of the most remarkable football matches ever to be played in this country when in 1972 a Shamrock Rovers XI made up of internationals from both sides of the Border was narrowly beaten 4-3 by the then world champions Brazil in Dublin.

The match came shortly after Mr Kilcoyne and his brothers had bought the south Dublin club. But despite bringing a number of international figures to play for Rovers, he is remembered by many fans as a controversial figure.

After training in the hotel industry, Mr Kilcoyne found success in the property, building and manufacturing sectors.

The Kilcoyne family bought Shamrock Rovers in the early- 1970s but because of falling attendances, they sold its Glenmalure ground at Milltown, Co Dublin, in 1987, a move that led to bitter protests. Rovers were to spend the following two decades without a ground of their own, a situation that continued until they moved in to Tallaght Stadium in 2009.

Louis Kilcoyne later went on to become president of the FAI. Last night the association's current president, Paddy McCaul, said he was very sad to learn of Mr Kilcoyne's passing.

"He was always very good company, knowledgeable and very supportive to me in my role. He'll be sadly missed and I offer my sincere condolences to his family."

The chief executive of the FAI John Delaney said the association would mark Mr Kilcoyne's passing at the forthcoming Bosnia match.

"My thoughts and prayers at this time are with his wife Theresa, his son Giles, daughter Jane and all other family members," Mr Delaney said.

Sports Minister Michael Ring has also paid tribute to Mr Kilcoyne for making a major contribution to sport in Ireland.

"Louis was a dedicated, committed contributor to Irish sport and I would like to extend my sympathies to his wife Theresa and all the Kilcoyne family," Mr Ring added.

Irish Independent