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Dundalk FC historian Jim Murphy passes away

Dundalk FC historian Jim Murphy passes away

The death took place on Saturday of well known Dundalk FC historian Jim Murphy.

Jim, from the Rock Road in Blackrock, had written two books on the history of his beloved Lilywhites that will live on for generations to come.

Paying tribute to Jim, Dundalk FC said: “From his time as a club director to his role as our club historian, Jim was an incredibly important part of Dundalk FC for many decades.

“Jim’s work in researching the history of Dundalk was ground-breaking.

“The publication of his first book, The History of Dundalk FC – The First 100 Years, was published in 2003 and was followed in 2013 with the release of ‘C’mon The Town’—A Dundalk FC Miscellany which won the 2014 FAI Communications Award for best club publication.

“As in the case of his two books, Jim worked with his sons Ruairi and Kieran to produce the DundalkFCWhosWho website and he also developed the ‘One Team, One Dream’ exhibition at the County Museum.

“Jim also contributed many articles to the Dundalk FC Matchday Magazine over many years.

“The attention to detail in all of these projects demonstrated Jim’s love of Dundalk Football Club and will be referenced and enjoyed for generations to come.

“As well as being so warm and friendly to everybody who knew him, Jim was a constant source of support for everybody involved in Dundalk Football Club. In recent years he travelled on many of our European trips and we know that he enjoyed every minute of the experience.

“We will truly miss him at Oriel Park, and we are very grateful for his contribution to our club over so many years.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Jim is survived by his children Deirdre, Eimear, Seamus, Niamh, Kieran, Mairín, Ruairí and Brónagh, brothers Brian, Vincent and Eamon, sister Maureen, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many, many friends both in Dundalk FC and Dundalk Golf Club.

He was predeceased by his wife Áine (née McKeown) and brothers Tony and Michael.

Jim will be reposing at his home A91W2X4 from 2pm until 8pm on Monday. House private at all other times. Removal on Tuesday afternoon to St Fursey’s Church, Haggardstown, arriving for Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.