Glenville GAA Notes.

19 January, 2021

The late Eamonn Ryan, RIP: Ballingeary/Watergrasshill/Glenville.
A tribute by John O Connor, PRO Glenville GAA Club 

Last Saturday, the Máistir, Eamonn Ryan was laid to rest. The word legend is often overused but in Eamonn’s case it seems to only scratch the surface. What he achieved through his playing and coaching career would take anyone else several lifetimes. His contribution to our club may never be matched , from training teams at every level to giving advice when asked, which he was always more than willing to give.

Eamonn gave the club that most precious of commodities, his time. His success with different teams in Football, Hurling and Camogie have been well documented on the airwaves and in print since his passing but it’s his dedication to training the underage teams in Glenville that he will be remembered most for in this club. Hundreds of children passed through his and Frank Halbert’s hands, where it truly was more about participation than winning. It was about becoming a more rounded person and being part of a team. As his son Jim, said in his moving eulogy, “he was happiest in a field, helping and guiding others”. What a wonderful legacy to leave.

The Máistir won five East Cork Junior A football Championships with Glenville as a player and trainer, 1961,1972, 73, 78, 79 and was captain of the team in 1978.
He played football for Cork from 1963 to 1968 and was on the team that reached the All-Ireland Final in 1967. He captained UCC to a Senior County Final in 1967 before losing to Beara in a replay. He won two Sigerson Cups during his time in UCC and represented Glenville with distinction on the Imokilly Senior Football team throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

We were privileged to have had Eamonn as a player, trainer, mentor and member of our club and honoured that he was able to share his grá , knowledge and decency with so many other clubs and teams , most notably with the Cork Ladies Footballers with whom he won ten All-Irelands in eleven years.

An ambassador for our club both on and off the pitch, the man we were proud to call the Máistir.

Ni bheidh a leithead aris ann.

Here are a few of tributes that were paid to Eamonn 

Dublin LFGA
All in Dublin LGFA are sorry to learn of the passing of former Cork LGFA manager Eamon Ryan. An inspirational figure who did so much to develop our sport. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & wide circle of GAA friends Rest well Eamon. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

John Gardiner  - Na Piarsaigh and Cork Hurler
So sad to hear the news about Eamonn Ryan today - what he did for us at Na Piarsaigh will never be forgotten. A gentleman.

Tracey Kennedy 
Paying tribute to him former Cork County Board chairperson Tracey Kennedy said that it was “incredibly” sad news. “Eamonn gave so, so much to the GAA and LGFA over a lifetime and was unbelievably wise and generous with his wisdom. He will be very sadly missed. Condolences to all who mourn him.”
LGFA President Marie Hickey said: 
"Eamonn Ryan was a larger than life character who guided Cork to unprecedented success during his spell in charge. “Eamonn had a unique bond with the players he worked alongside, who all speak of his influence in glowing terms. Many of us in the LGFA also had the opportunity to get to know Eamonn on a personal level over the course of many years.
“He joined us on TG4 All-Star tours abroad and he was such a personable character and engaging company. I am deeply saddened to learn of Eamonn’s p,assing and he leaves behind an incredible legacy."

Sean Kelly MEP and GAA past President 
A man who knew the value of life & breathed fresh life into GAA wherever he went. Eamonn Ryan RIP was a wonderful, manager, coach & role model. Humble was his middle name. Sympathy to his family & Cork LGFA , whose success made him so happy. 

Vote of Sympathy - Glenville GAA.
Our Club would like to thank all the clubs who made contact with us to express their sympathy.  All in the Glenville Club wish to offer our sincere condolences to Eamonn's wife Pat and children, Jim, Deirdre, Michelle, Don , Des and Jackie and all the extended Ryan family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dílis.