Irish football mourns passing of Charlie Cahill
Charlie had a lifelong involvement in the game and started playing in the Leinster Senior League with Transport where he won a First Division medal in 1947. The following year he joined Callans, also in the Leinster Senior League, and he won the Polikoff Cup in its first year.
Charlie’s work as an administrator started in 1961 when he represented Transport on the Leinster Senior League Committee following their removal from the League of Ireland. By 1966 he was Chairman of the Leinster Football Association. He was President of the FAI from 1978 to 1980 and subsequently became Honorary Life President of the Football Association of Ireland. Charlie served on FAI Senior Council from 1966 to 2004 and was Chairman of the Leinster Senior League from 1969 until 2009. When he took over at the helm, the Leinster Senior League consisted of two intermediate divisions and three knock out cups. When he stepped down, it boasted four intermediate division, 18 junior divisions and 16 knockout cups. In 1992, the Charlie Cahill Cup was inaugurated in his honour to mark 25 years of service to the Leinster Senior League.
Charlie is survived by his wife Lily and daughters, Marie and Suzanne.
Speaking today FAI President Tony Fitzgerald said,
“Charlie was wonderful, hard-working football man and his Presidency of the Association was richly deserved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lily, Marie and Suzanne at this difficult time.”
FAI CEO John Delaney added,
“I went to visit Charlie yesterday and sadly we knew he didn’t have long left. He was a great friend of my Dad, a great friend of mine, and an administration legend. He will be missed by everyone in the game and we offer our sincere condolences to Lily, Marie and Suzanne.”
Ian Barclay, Chairman of the Leinster Senior League commented,
“Charlie was the cornerstone of the Leinster Senior League and laid the foundations for what it has become today. He was a true friend, a lover of football and someone who we will all miss terribly. We extend our deepest sympathies to Lily and his family.”
May he rest in peace.