Former Offaly senior football manager Fr. Tom Scully has sadly passed away.
The Tullamore native died peacefully at St James’ Hospital yesterday.
He famously led the Faithful County to the 1969 All-Ireland final when they lost out to Kerry, 0-10 to 0-7, at Croke Park. Fr. Tom's Offaly overcame Kildare in the Leinster decider before beating Cavan after a replay to make their second ever All-Ireland final.
He was also the man that guided Offaly to their first ever league final only to be beaten by the Kingdom, in that same season.
A highly regarded figure in the Offaly GAA scene, and beyond, Fr. Tom is credited with laying the foundations for future success in the county.
Through his pastoral work in England, Fr. Tom later became involved in the Lancashire County Board.
County board chairman Michael Duignan described the late Fr. Tom Scully as "a great ambassador for Offaly throughout his life and a very proud GAA man."
Brilliant man who helped so many people during his life, particularly Irish people who fell on hard times in London. A great ambassador for Offaly throughout his life and a very proud GAA man who was also a mighty chat and very easy company. RIP Fr Tom— Michael Duignan (@DuignanMichael) April 7, 2020