Limerick FC were deeply saddened by the passing last week of Dessie McNamara, part of our club’s first-ever league-winning side in 1960.
In remembering Dessie and his huge contribution to Limerick FC, club historian Gary Spain penned the following tribute:
‘I was saddened to hear of the death of Dessie McNamara, a great servant of the club. Dessie joined the club from Pike Rovers at the start of the 1956/57 season and was a firm favourite for over a decade.
He was mainly a half-back and he always gave 100 percent for the blue jersey. In his first season, Dessie won his place in the team from the start and the club reached the FAI Cup semi-final, losing to Shamrock Rovers in a replay.
Dessie was part of the side that defeated Drumcondra 4-3 to win the club’s first Dublin City Cup in 1958 and of course won the league with his hometown club in 1960.
He played in the late defeat by Saint Patrick’s Athletic on the last day when tears of disappointment turned to pure elation when news came through that Cork Celtic had defeated Shelbourne, handing the title to Limerick.
Dessie travelled to Berne as the club played European football for the first time. His career was book-ended by cup disappointment v Shamrock Rovers. He was part of the side that lost the 1965 final after a replay and suffered Cup heartbreak against the Hoops a year later, losing the final 2-0. Those were the club’s first appearance in the FAI Cup final.’
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Above photo of 1966 FAI Cup Final team: Back Row (L-R): Vinny Quinn, Al Finucane, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Ewan Fenton, Dessie McNamara, Joe Casey. Front Row (L-R): Dick O’Connor, Tommy Hamilton, Eddie Mulvey, Joe O’Brien, Pascal Curtin.
Date: Monday 26 February 2018