Orla Ryans death
By Gerry Slevin Great sadness was felt in Moneygall with the announcement on Sunday 21st of the death of Orla Ryan at her Portmarnock home in Dublin.
By Gerry Slevin
Great sadness was felt in Moneygall with the announcement on Sunday 21st of the death of Orla Ryan at her Portmarnock home in Dublin.
In her mid fifties, Orla was wife of Jack, a member of the Tipperary All Ireland winning team of 1971, their union being a blend of hurling and camogie skills as Orla was one of the outstanding Dublin players of the sixties, winning three All Ireland medals in the blue of her native county.
That strong GAA link was cemented further through Orla’s father, the late Sean O’Siochain and Jack’s father Seamus O‘Riain, former Director General and President of the Association, respectively.
Jack and Orla’s elder son Shane was a prominent Dublin hurler until more recent years when his concentration on football saw him earn a permanent place on both Tommy Carr’s and Tommy Lyons’ teams. He also travelled to Australia and played in the recent Compromise Rules games there.
Deepest sympathy goes out to her husband Jack, her daughter Naoise, sons Shane and Feargal, her son in law, brothers, sisters, father in law, Seamus O‘Riain, brothers in law, sisters in law and all her many other relatives in their sad loss.
Burial was in Fingal cemetery following Funeral Mass on Christmas Eve in St Anne’s Church, Portmarnock.