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Liam Kearns RIP
Offaly senior football manager Liam Kearns died on Sunday.
The highly regarded Kearns made a significant impression as a Gaelic Football player and manager.
GAA President Larry McCarthy acknowledged Liam Kearns' immense contribution throughout the decades. It was with shock and sadness that the GAA community learned of the sudden passing of Liam Kearns on Sunday evening," he said.
"On behalf of the Association I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Anglea, their two daughters Rachel and Laura and to Liams many friends and colleagues. His loss will be mourned far and wide.
A gifted player with his native Kerry, he had long ago carved a name for himself as an outstanding football coach, excelling in working with young players and enabling them to be at their very best. From Limerick to Tipperary to Laois and more recently Offaly, Liam was in demand and was highly regarded."
Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sora d anam.
An All-Ireland minor winner with Kerry in 1980, Kearns subsequently represented the Kingdom at U21 and senior level.
A proud Austin Stacks clubman, Kearns enjoyed many productive moments as Limerick, Laois, and Tipperary manager.
"Offaly GAA is devastated to learn of the sudden passing of our senior football manager, Liam Kearns," a statement from Offaly GAA said.
"In his short period of time as manager of the senior footballers, Liam made a hugely positive impact and he was extremely well respected by everyone associated with Offaly GAA.
"Liam was, of course, an experienced and successful inter-county and club manager and Offaly had quickly benefited from his thorough and meticulous approach to the role.
"Offaly GAA extend deepest sympathies to his wife Angela, daughters Rachel and Laura, and other members of his family.
"May he rest in peace."