TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Limerick minor hurler who was well known within the GAA community after he passed away.
A hurler on the minor team that took on Tipperary in 1993, Tony Houlihan, of Daarwood Crescent, Newcastle West and formerly of Abbeyview, Adare, has passed away.
He was well known for his involvement with the Adare GAA club, according to Tom Healy who would have played with Mr Houlihan through the years.
He was also joined by clubmates John Foley and Mark Foley of Adare when he played against Tipperary.
“He was on the Adare panel when they won the county final in 2001 and 2002,” Mr Healy said.
“He was a great player. He played in goals and he played out the field. He could play anywhere and he never complained. He was a lovely lad.”
“He was always at training, he was always there when you wanted him. It’s a sad day for Adare and a sad day for the club.”
Mr Houlihan is survived by his wife Audrey (nee Griffin) daughter Neasa, parents Tommy and Breda, brothers Damian and Timmy, father in law Patsy Griffin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncle, nephews and nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
Reposing at O’Grady’s Funeral Home, Ballingarry on Wednesday from 5pm, with removal at 8pm to Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare.
A requiem Mass will take place on Thursday at 12pm, followed by burial afterwards in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Adare.
Family flowers only, with donations in Lieu to Milford Care Centre.