FAI pays tribute to stalwart Tim Fitzgerald (as appeared in the Irish Examiner)

This article appeared in the Irish Examiner on the 2nd of February

The FAI last night paid tribute to board member Tim Fitzgerald who passed away at the Mercy Hospital in Cork after a recent battle with illness.

Fitzgerald was appointed onto the FAI’s board at last summer’s AGM in Athlone and was chairman of the FAI underage committee.

He was serving secretary of the Limerick County & District Underage League and was appointed chairman of the Schoolboys FAI in 2014. He had previously been vice-chairman of the SFAI since 2011.

He lived in Charleville and was a committee member of Charleville AFC, having served as chairman of the club for 23 years, up until last year.

FAI chief executive John Delaney said: “I was really great friends with Tim for many years, particularly in his role with the Limerick County league. He joined the board of the FAI recently and we are deeply saddened that he only had a short time on our board. He could and would have made an outstanding contribution. My condolences to all his family, his mother and all relatives. There’ll be a special tribute to him at the Poland game in recognition for all he’s done for the game and we will posthumously present a services to football award at our AGM this year.”

Mr Fitzgerald is survived by mother Josephine, brothers John, Pat, Martin, Colman and Jason and sisters Siobhan and Vera. He is predeceased by father Tadhg. He will be sadly missed by his friends within and outside the game.

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