Saturday 21 April 2018

wonderful mick a true irish great

tony ward

On Thursday evening and again yesterday morning, they gathered in their masses at the church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, to pay tribute to Mick English, one of the true greats of Irish rugby.

Micky was not only an outstanding out-half for Bohemians, Lansdowne, Munster, Ireland and the Lions, but one of the real characters of the Irish game.

I got to know him early in my representative career and always when we met he would offer quiet words of wisdom and constructive criticism in his uniquely cheerful way. It was advice I valued greatly and sought regularly throughout my playing time. Along with brother Christy, Bill Mulcahy, Tom Cleary, Sean McHale, Paddy O'Callaghan, Benny O'Dowd, Maurice Mortell and Caleb Powell, he formed the nucleus of Bohemians' triple Munster Senior Cup-winning teams of the late '50s and early '60s.

Forever in good humour, he will be missed greatly by friends far and wide but nowhere more than within his own family circle. To Pauline, Michele, Conor and John we pass on the good wishes of rugby folk everywhere. I doubt we will see his like again.

May he rest in peace.

Irish Independent

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