Limerick hurling is in mourning following the passing of 1973 All-Ireland winner Eamonn 'Ned' Rea.
Originally from Effin but living in Dublin for over 50 years where he was president of the Faughs club and ran Rea's pub on Parkgate Street, 'Ned' was full forward on the last Limerick team to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup before a 45-year gap was bridged in 2018. He had played most of his hurling in defence prior to 1973, having won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal as a corner back with UCC.
'Ned' actually lined out against his brother Gerry, who was playing for London at the time, in that year's All-Ireland semi-final.
After moving to Dublin in 1968, 'Ned' won three county hurling titles with Faughs and also helped to set up the Limerick Supporters' Club in Dublin. He also served as Faughs chairman for many years and was a hugely popular figure.
He died yesterday aged 77 after becoming unwell.
REGRETTED DEATH OF FOMER LIMERICK HURLER https://t.co/Tc8B06JpNf— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) November 22, 2021
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Eamonn Rea, our club President. He has been at the heart of our club as a player, selector and Chairman for over 50 years and he leaves us all with so many great memories— Faughs GAA Club (@FaughsGAA) November 23, 2021
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