Tuesday 23 July 2019

Galway mourn All-Ireland winner Dillon

Tributes have been paid to former Galway footballer Tom ‘Pook’ Dillon who has died aged 93. Photo Sportsfile
Tributes have been paid to former Galway footballer Tom ‘Pook’ Dillon who has died aged 93. Photo Sportsfile

Tributes have been paid to former Galway footballer Tom 'Pook' Dillon who has died aged 93.

A regular on the Galway team throughout the 1950s, the high point of his career came in 1956 when he played at left corner-back on the team which won the All-Ireland title, beating Cork in the final.

He won a National League medal a year later and also won Railway Cup medals with Connacht in 1957 and 1958.

He served as club president of Ahascragh-Fohenagh up to the time of his death. And he took huge pleasure two years ago when Galway hurlers Cathal and Padraic Mannion brought the Liam MacCarthy Cup to his home following their 2017 All-Ireland success against Waterford.

Former Galway football chairman John Joe Holleran said: "He was a quality corner-back, a superb defender who gave sterling service to Galway for many years.

"I saw him playing for Ballinasloe against my own Clonbur in 1956 in a league semi-final in Tuam when I was just a young lad and he stood out that day.

"He gave a lifetime of service to the GAA and he will be missed," added Holleran.

He will be laid to rest tomorrow following his funeral mass at noon at St Cuan's Church in Ahascragh.

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