Death of Limerick legend Eamonn 'Ned' Rea

November 23, 2021

The late Eamonn 'Ned' Rea. ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan.

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.


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