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Absence of Gerry 'will be sorely felt'

THERE was a minute's silence for Gerry Whyte at the replay of the Dublin SFC final. And then the stadium burst into a round of applause.

Gerry loved the place. He devoted many hours to Parnell Park. And Croke Park too.

And as Andy Kettle said in Sunday's match programme: "He was on duty in Parnell Park on countless days – one of those whom most people seldom noticed but whose absence will be sorely felt."

Gerry was a highly respected union man. He'd go the extra yard to get the best deal for his people.

He valued integrity. He enjoyed the banter. His son Tommy always has a smile for everyone in the audience. Tommy is the man that gives out the team-sheets in Donnycarney.

Gerry was on duty at the first Ballymun v St Vincent's match last Sunday. Darkness had fallen when he was heading for the car. He wished everyone good night and said he'd see them all on Wednesday for the replay.

Sadly, he died the following day.

He was part of the Parnell Park family. His colleagues will miss his quiet wisdom. He got on with life. And he had that little spark of laughter that lit up the day.


THERE were kind words from Lucan manager Damian Fox, with Mick Hanley, in Sunday's Dublin SHC final match programme: "Massive work was done by my predecessor, Seán McCaffrey, over the previous years," said Fox.

"He put down a brilliant foundation for the club, and we are just continuing to build on that now. The team were unlucky not to reach a final before this."

They came up short on Sunday but their day will come.

Email: niallscullyfootball@eircom.net