The late Ollie Daly. (Photo: Official Offaly GAA).

Funeral details announced for 'hugely popular' Offaly GAA figure Ollie Daly

The funeral Mass of Ollie Daly, who was known for his dedication to the GAA in his native Offaly, will take place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ferbane, at 11am on Monday.

Mr Daly, a native of Ballycumber who lived in Gallen View, Ferbane, died yesterday (Thursday) at Tullamore hospital, having battled ill health in recent times.

He will repose at his son Paul's home in Grogan, Ballycumber on Saturday, April 20, from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Sunday, April 21, from 4pm to 8pm.

Offaly GAA posted a tribute to its former county board chairman, saying he made an "enormous contribution" over the years as an administrator at club and county board level.

"A hugely popular figure in Offaly GAA circles, with friends far and wide, his presence at games across the county and country will be sorely missed, for he always remained one of the most passionate followers of the Faithful County," Offaly GAA said.

"Ollie Daly was still a teenager when he lined out with Ballycumber in their famous Offaly Senior Football Championship triumph in 1968 – their only Dowling Cup success.

"He represented his county at Minor and U21 level and played for his club for many years.

"Subsequently, he trained and managed several Club teams to success, while also guiding Offaly to a Leinster Junior Football title in 2001, and later the same decade was appointed as selector with the Senior team.

"Away from the playing fields, Mr Daly was Chairman of Ballycumber and Ferbane GAA Clubs (having moved to live in Ferbane for most of his adult life) and was Chairman of Offaly GAA County Board from 2005 to 2007 inclusive, having previously been Vice-Chairman in 2003 & 2004.

"His warm personality, and insightful knowledge of Gaelic games, will be sorely missed by all who enjoyed his company on a regular basis at GAA venues, and elsewhere."

Ollie Daly was predeceased by his beloved parents, Michael and Margaret, and his infant son Oliver.

He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his loving sons, Gary, Paul and Ronan, their mother, Sheila, grandchildren, Chloe, Libby, Ryan, Darragh and Noah, partner Brigid, brothers Chris and Brendan, sisters Marie Wynne, Carmel Reams, Pat Wynne, and Nuala, daughters-in-law Trina, Annika, and Ashling, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, and a wide circle of friends.

May he rest in peace.