Eddie O'Connell RIP
A real sense of sadness has descended over Sarsfields Hurling Club today with the news of the passing of Eddie O'Connell, our friend and Club Sponsor for over thirty years. Sarsfields Hurling Club are honoured to have shared a tremendous sponsorship partnership with Eddie & The O'Connell Group which commenced back in 1989. For Eddie this sponsorship was never about publicity or winning trophies, simply a recognition and support for the voluntary efforts of our members who continue to provide training and playing opportunities for our players of all ages. Having endured some lean years, we were all naturally delighted when in 2008 Kieran 'Fraggy' Murphy collected the Sean Og Murphy trophy for the first time since 1957. Since then, further Senior, U21, Junior B, Minor and Under Age County titles at all grades have followed, all proudly carrying the O'Connell Group name on the Jersey.
More recently Eddie's support and contribution to Sarsfields was recognised, when our new upgraded All-Weather facility was named
'The Eddie O'Connell All Weather Hurling Complex'.
From humble beginnings, Eddie grew and developed his business The O'Connell Group into the strong and vibrant organisation it is today. Since it's inception Eddie has proved to be an exceptional employer and friend to so many employees from our local community.
Any tribute to Eddie would not be complete without reference to his other sporting love of horse racing, coupled with his legendary horse, Un de Sceaux. The energy and excitement generated by Un de Sceaux in the locality has been truly amazing, the highlights of course being his famous Cheltenham victories.
Sarsfields Hurling Club would like to extend our sympathy to Kay, John, Paul, Eamon, Colm and the extended O'Connell family on Eddie's passing.
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