The late Dympna Reilly.
The GAA Rounders community is mourning the loss of an ‘amazing woman’ following the sudden death of Dympna Reilly, Loughduff, a five-time All Star recipient and All-Ireland winner with Erne Eagles Rounders Club.
Dympna passed to her eternal reward on Wednesday, January 24, and a spokesperson for GAA Rounders said she will be greatly missed by all in the Rounders community. “Our thoughts are with Dympna’s family and friends at this sad time. May she rest in peace.”
Erne Eagles Rounders Club posted on their Facebook page, “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our friend Dympna on Wednesday. She will be greatly missed by all of us in the club, and in the wider community.”
Dympna was a Rounders All Star award winner in 2003, ‘06, ‘07, 2012 and ‘14 and such was her skill and versatility, she picked up those accolades for excelling in three different roles - third base, shortstop and left outfield.
She was a multiple All-Ireland winner, with her beloved club Erne Eagles winning the All-Ireland Ladies Senior title (CJ Haughey Cup) in 2007 and 2012, and the All-Ireland Mixed title in 2003. In addition to her playing prowess, Dympna was also an accomplished rounders referee and administrator.
The Heath GAA Rounders club, based in County Laois, posted a beautiful tribute to the deceased on their Facebook page.
“It is with sadness in our hearts that we write about the sudden loss of Dympna Reilly of Erne Eagles Rounder Club. No words can describe how much of a loss this lady is; not only to her family and friends but to the wider community including the GAA Rounders Community.
“Dympna was one of those players who had it all on the field of play, her skill levels and the ease at which she played were the hallmarks of a person who conquered all before her on the pitch and which went a long way towards the success that she achieved as a player and team member. Always a kind word to be had regardless of a match result and always one for a bit of a laugh.
“Our thoughts & prayers are with Dympna’s family and friends at this very sad time. May she rest in peace.”
The recently reformed Sean Connolly’s Rounders Club in Ballinalee also posted a tribute to the late Dympna Reilly.
“Condolences from Clonbroney Minor Club and Sean Connolly's Rounders. Dympna was always great with us, organising the youth games between the two clubs and always a friendly face and a source of great rounders advice,” they wrote.
Formerly of Kilsarn, Loughduff, Co Cavan, Dympna was highly respected and well known throughout the region. She was employed as a librarian and news of her passing came as a massive shock to her family.
She is predeceased by her father Micheál and deepest sympathy is extended to her mother Dympna Senior, sisters Sheila and Rosaleen, her brother William, her boyfriend Barry, Dympna Senior's partner Barry, her nephew Cillian, goddaughter and niece Rhona, brothers-in-law Ross and Jim, William's partner Joyce, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and a wide circle of friends.
The late Dympna Reilly will be reposing at the home of her mother Dympna, Killyfana, Redhills on Saturday, January 27 from 12-8pm.
Funeral Mass takes place in St Joseph's Church, Loughduff on Sunday, January 28 at 1pm followed by cremation at Lakelands Crematorium, Dublin Road, Cavan. House private Sunday morning.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam croga.
* The Management and Staff of the Longford Leader and Iconic Newspapers wish to express sympathy with the Reilly Family and our colleague Sheila, who is former Longford Leader Editor and Head of Digital with Iconic Newspapers, on their sad loss