Tributes paid as Limerick GAA president Rory Kiely passes away

Limerick GAA this morning confirmed “with great regret’ the passing of their current pride in a statement issued to the press. Rory held a number of roles in GAA in Limerick, Munster and Central Council in Croke Park.

A member of the Feenagh-Kilmeedy Club Rory won three Limerick Senior Hurling titles – one with his club and two with divisional side, Western Gaels. In 1962, Kiely captained Feenagh-Kilmeedy to the county Junior A Hurling Championship title.

Rory started his administrative involvement with the GAA in 1953 when he was elected secretary of his native club Feenagh-Kilmeedy. He served on the West Board becoming vice-chairman of Limerick GAA in 1966.

Rory took up the role as county Chairman in 1969 until 1980 and became a Munster Council delegate in 1982 – a role he held until 2009. He then became Central Council delegate a role he fulfilled until 2014.

Speaking this morning Limerick GAA Chairman John Cregan said:

“Rory was an outstanding servant to Limerick GAA over 6 decades and his loss will be felt greatly across the county and beyond. He gave great service and gave his best in every role he served. He was a great personal friend and mentor to myself and we will all miss him greatly”

All in Limerick GAA are greatly saddened by his passing and extend their sympathies to his sons Vincent, Roderick daughters Mairead and Aileen. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed in due course.

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