Jerry O'Dwyer will be remembered as a great runner

Obituary

Jerry O'Dwyer will be remembered as a great runner

The death of Jerry O’Dwyer, Mountain Road, Cahir. has taken place recently after along illness.

Jerry was a great cross country runner in the 1960’s, winning many honours with Cahir and Coolcroo clubs.

With his home club he came fifth in the county junior 1961 and on the Cahir side runners up. The following year he was on the Cahir teams that won the county junior and novice titles, teams that included Sean Ryan, Eddie O’Brien, Gerry and his brother late Seamus, beating Coolcroo by 75 to 122 points and by 33 to 53 in the novice

In the senior race in 1963 Cahir made a valiant effort against the big two of the time, Holycross and Coolcroo, with the three teams just separated by six points. Holycross winners by two Coolcroo second from Cahir also by two. On that Cahir side were Christy Tuohy, Jack Bergin, Sean Ryan, Eddie O’Brien and the O'Dwyer brothers. It was one of the best contested team races in the history of Tipperary senior cross country.

Jerry then transferred his allegiance to Coolcroo and was a panel member of teams that won the Munster senior inter club cross country and silver medals in the county senior, 1967, he was a team scorer in the victorious “Fanning Cup” event and in an open senior race in Tipperary town. On the revival of the senior club in Cahir Jerry wore their colours once more and won the silver team medals. He also wore the blue and gold of Tipperary in Munster and National championships.

Always a consistent performer Jerry showed great staying qualities in cross country events and deserved the honours he achieved. A great sportsman and athlete.

He attended the Coolcroo A.C “Gathering” function in October 2013 and renewed his acquaintances with many of his old colleagues.

He is survived by his wifeLily, son Diarmuid, daughters Ann, Michelle, Jennifer and brother Sean, daughter and sons in law, nine grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and many friends. R.I.P.