Sunday 22 April 2018

Tributes to 'a legend'

Jimmy Keaveney (Dublin)

A true gentleman, on and off the pitch. He was one of the best midfielders of my generation, or probably any generation. Away from football, he was a very unassuming man who always had time for everyone.

Joe Kernan (Armagh)

He was always great to play against because it was all about the ball. He'll be remembered for all the right reasons.

Mick O'Dwyer (Kerry, Kildare, Laois,Wicklow)

When you speak of players who never won an All-Ireland medal, he was certainly among the best of them. A true sportsman.

Dessie Farrell (GPA Chief-Executive)

The term legend may be over-used when describing the contribution of certain footballers, but in Dermot's case it is an apt description of a man whose influence on the game was simply extraordinary.He is an enormous loss to Gaelic games.

Christy Cooney (GAA President)

His passion for life and his desire to be supportive, particularly in encouraging players at local level, makes him stand out as an extraordinary person.

Earley achievements

1963 -- Played minor with Roscommon at the age of 15

1965 -- Made senior debut at the age of 17; won Connacht minor medal

1966 -- Won All-Ireland U-21 medal

1969 -- Won Railway Cup medal with Connacht (they haven't won it since)

1972 -- Won first Connacht senior medal with Roscommon

1974 -- Won first All Star award

1979 -- Won second All Star award; Won NFL title

1977-80 -- Won four successive Connacht titles

1980 -- Played in All-Ireland final, losing to Kerry

1992-93 -- Roscommon senior manager

1995-96 -- Kildare senior manager

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