FAI pays tribute to Noel O’Mahony RIP
THE Football Association of Ireland was today saddened to learn of the death of former Cork City manager Noel O’Mahony in his native Cork after a brief illness.
O’Mahony, 73, had two spells as manager of Cork City FC and Newcastlewest FC in the League of Ireland. He was a talented player who played for the famous Cork Hibernians team in the 1960s and 1970s.
He won a league medal with Cork Hibs in 1971, two FAI Cups with the club in 1972 and 1973 and also helped the club win the Blaxnit Cup – a cross-border competition – in 1971. He had played schoolboy football with Ballyphenane and Tramore Athletic and was the inaugural winner of the Cork schoolboy player of the year in 1956.
As a manager he led Cork City to the league title in 1993 and to two FAI Cup Finals in 1989 and 1992.
O’Mahony grew up close to Turner’s Cross in Ballyphehane. He is survived by brothers Pat, Teddy, Donal and Declan and sisters Marcie and Shiela. Pat played for Cork Celtic and Declan also had a spell with Cork Hibs. He is also survived by ex-wife Noreen and partner Ann.
Noel recently returned to Turner’s Cross as part of a reunion of the 1993 title-winning squad and attended the Cork City-Bray Wanderers game and a function to mark the occasion.
There will be a minute’s silence before tomorrow’s FAI Ford Cup clash between Blarney United and Derry City at O’Shea Park. His removal will take place tomorrow evening at 6.15pm with the requim mass to follow on Tuesday at 2pm in the Church of the Ascension, Ballyphehane, with cremation to follow at The Island crematorium in Ringaskiddy.
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said: "Noel was a great football who contributed a lot to our game on the field and as a manager. He will always be a remembered as a legend of Cork football and will be sadly missed."
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.