Thursday, January 17, 2013

THE death has occurred of one of Cork’s best known soccer personalities, Dan Morrissey, writes NOEL SPILLANE.
A former President of the League of Ireland at a time when Cork Hibernians and Cork Celtic were at their zenith in the early 1970s, Mr Morrissey was aged 89.
Originally from Dillon’s Cross and subsequently from Pouladuff Road on the south side of the city, Dan was well known in soccer circles in Munster having been on the board of Cork Hibernians with the late John Crowley and the late Joe McKenna.
Right up to the time of his death, he remained the honorary life president of Ballyphehane’s Kilreen Celtic FC — a club he was associated with for over 40 years.
Known locally as ‘Texas Dan,’ Mr Morrissey was involved in politics and the local community serving as a councillor in Cork Corporation.
He was a founder of the Cork Indoor Sports awards scheme and played a lot of a table tennis, snooker and billiards in his youth.
He was on the Board of Management of the South Infirmary hospital and was an active member of the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernian) in Cork.
Outside of his passion for soccer, Dan was a peace commissioner, and was attached to the water department in Cork Corporation as well as the long time treasurer of the Ballyphehane Pipe Band.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kathleen, his three sons Pat, Frank and Matthew and daughters Christine and Rosemary.
The removal takes place this evening from O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Turner’s Cross to Ballyphehane’s Church of the Assumption at 7.30pm. The funeral Mass is at 12.30pm tomorrow with burial at St Finbarr’s cemetery.

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