The Football Association of Ireland is but one of many organisations, clubs and individuals to pay tribute to respected Castlebar Celtic coach and manager , Jeremy Dee who tragically passed away on Sunday afternoon following a car accident whilst on his way from Mayo to Tallaght for the Bus Éireann Women’s National League fixture between Shamrock Rovers and Castlebar Celtic.
The accident, according to Gardai, happened at Kildaree near Williamstown, Co. Galway at around 09.15 am on Sunday. Jeremy was taken to Mayo General Hospital where tragically he died later in the day. The match was immediately cancelled as a mark of respect.
Jeremy Dee was a well-known, highly respected and much loved member of the Irish football family. He was involved at all levels with the Castlebar club and was coach of the Castlebar Celtic women’s team.
Jeremy was also the Competitions’ Officer for the Women’s Football Association of Ireland with responsibility for national competitions, having previously served on the WFAI committee as Connaught representative.
Closely associated with Castlebar Celtic, he put in the work to ensure that the club entered the Bus Éireann Women’s National League. He also looked after the Women’s Emerging Talent Programme in the Connaught region and his coaching skills earned many international call ups for girls from the West.
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI paid this tribute to Jeremy: “I am deeply saddened at this tragic loss. I had enormous personal regard for Jeremy’s wide ranging contribution to the Irish football family.
“He represented all that is good about volunteerism and is an enormous loss to the development of women’s football, particularly in the west of Ireland.
“He always had a positive attitude and would light up any room with his enthusiasm and smile. I take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to his family.”
President of the FAI, Paddy McCaul said : “I was very sad to hear of the loss of Jeremy Dee. He was a true volunteer who gave so much time to our game.
“His work touched many thousands of young people involved in football and his knowledge and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all of them. He will be sadly missed and on behalf of everyone involved in football, our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
Among other tributes was one from Niamh O’Donoghue, Chairperson of the Women’s Football Association of Ireland: “Jeremy was a true example to all volunteers. He was a wonderful person whose real passion was the development of women’s football.
“As the Connaught representative of the WFAI he did major work in getting activities going and uniting people to work together for the development of the game. Two years ago he became responsible for national competitions as Competitions’ Officer of the WFAI.
“Jeremy was a man who had vision and was always willing to put himself forward to get a job done. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Our prayers are with his family at this tragic time.”
Everyone at SportsNewsIRELAND sends their deepest condolences to the Dee family
Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093-70840.