WITH great sorrow and regret the town and district learned of the passing of Jim Dee, a towering figure in the world of GAA, both locally, at County Board level and as the Senior Hurling Team Secretary.
Jim was a man who was revered by all who knew him. He was generous and courteous with people and highly respected in all his fields of endeavour.
He played senior hurling and football for the club in 1967, lining out at corner forward in football and at centre field in hurling.
As his playing career continued, Jim also entered the field of administration becoming Vice Chairman and Selector of the Club.
He served many years with Club and County as player and administrator. He played an instrumental role in the success of the Senior Hurlers in the years of the new century and was generous to a fault with his time, considerable administrative skill and with his sound advice. This is but to record a fraction of Jim’s ability and achievements across the Gaelic Games spectrum. They will be recorded at some length in official reports in coming days and weeks.
Jim’s passing is a major loss to the GAA and he will be deeply missed and mourned by his loving wife Madge, children Dermot, Deirdre, JimBob, Claire and Aisling, daughters-in-law Irene and Breda, sons-in-law Ray, Chris and Brian, grandchildren, sisters Breeda and Joan, brothers Eddie and Martin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.