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The loss of Eugene will be sorely felt

EUGENE EGAN had integrity. People trusted him. Respect was his constant companion. He was a brilliant administrator. He knew the rules. Fair play for all was his bible. He was a perfectionist.

He didn't have to press a button to get stats – he had them all in his head.

He was a kindly, friendly gent. The smile was only around the next sentence.

He did much of his best work away from the glare – late nights on the computer, keeping the engines going.

He delighted in the progress of Cuala. When Martha Byrne made it onto the Dublin senior team, Eugene was there with the banner in Belfield on the coldest of days.

He wrote some inspiring reports. Tales of matches from around the country. Not a detail was missed.

He was thrilled to see Dublin ladies football progress and prosper. And he was one of the reasons why.

The game and its people filled him with the sound of music. The sport was lucky to have him. But he felt fortunate to be involved. To be helping. He never counted the cost. And that was the only stat that ever evaded him.

BOARD NOTES

p Our best wishes to Cuala's Martha Byrne for a speedy recovery from the ankle injury that she picked up in the victory over Donegal.

p On Saturday last our U14 and U16 teams both enjoyed victories over Kildare in the opening round of the Leinster Championship. Thanks to Parnell's GAA club for hosting both our Leinster fixtures on Saturday, your support of Dublin LGFA is greatly appreciated.

p Dublin LGFA would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Kildare U14 team and management who formed a guard of honour and applauded the Dublin team as they left the pitch on Saturday. This showing of sportsmanship was a joy to watch and set an example for all to follow.

p Best wishes to our minor team who travel to Kildare this for their third round Leinster Championship fixture.

p Parnell Park: Dublin take on Cork this Sunday in the Tesco Homegrown NFL in Parnell Park – throw in time is 2pm. Admission: Adults €8, students/senior citizens €5, under-16s FREE.

We are appealing to players, clubs and Dublin supporters to make the trip to Donnycarney to cheer on the girls in blue for this crunch league tie.

p Development Update: St Maur's GAA club are hosting a Fundamentals Coaching Course on behalf of Dublin LGFA on Saturday, March 22. Places are already starting to fill for this course so if you are interested in taking part, early booking is advised. Information, along with booking forms, can be obtained from the office by emailing Patricia info@dublinladiesgaelic.ie.

p Sincere condolences: Dublin Ladies lost a dear friend last Wednesday with the passing of our esteemed colleague Eugene Egan (RIP), our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Elizabeth, David, Greg, Sarah and Ruth, his friends and of course Cuala GAA club. Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó, a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solas suthain air. Go bhfaighe a anam agus anamnacha na bhfíreán trócaire ó Dhia agus cónaí faoi shuaimhneas.


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