The former athlete helped found the Bord Lúthchleas na hÉireann (BLE) in 1967 as the national governing body for athletics
Limerick and the athletics community nationwide has been left in a state of sadness following the passing of legendary athletics figure Ronnie Long over the weekend.
In 2012, Ronnie was awarded a National Award for Voluntary Lifetime of Service to Irish Sport. He was also the honorary life Vice President Athletics Ireland.
He was Irish team manager for the Olympics in Montréal in 1976, and again for the World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis in 1987, where two of his athletes won gold, and another took silver.
He was a keen cyclist and was a member of the Limerick team that rode in the Rás Tailteann in 1955.
The former athlete helped found the Bord Lúthchleas na hÉireann (BLE) in 1967 as the national governing body for athletics where he served on the board for 19 years and was PRO for 12 years.
Long, was born in England in 1935, grew up in Ballingarry, Killaloe and Mungret, where he spent most of his years.
He will be reposing at Thompson’s Funeral Home, Thomas Street on Wednesday evening, October 4, from 5pm to 6.30pm. Funeral arriving at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, October 5, for Funeral Service at 12 noon followed by burial in Kilmurry Cemetery, Castletroy.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.