The Watergrasshill man sadly passed away with a battle win cancer, he coached the Cork ladies footballers winning the first All-Ireland with them in 2005 and went on to win nine All-Ireland’s in 10 years, incredible to say the least, here are just some of the tributes paid to the great man on twitter;
Eamonn Ryan, of @OfficialCorkGAA, one of life’s finest gentlemen (and gentle men) has passed away. No more to say.
— Tony Leen (@tonyleen) January 14, 2021
— UCC GAA (@ucc_gaa) January 14, 2021
He was also a selector with the Cork senior mens team that won that famous All-Ireland in 2010 against Down in the final played at Croke Park, the last All-Ireland that Cork have won in either football or hurling.
Eamonn Ryan’s passing is so sad apart from his success as a coach a thorough gent always a pleasure to chat with
A great footballer with @OfficialCorkGAA @glenvillegaa1 his record with @CorkLGFA is unmatched
Coached @NaPiarsaighCork to 2 County titles
RIP 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/cmNyBIqX0F
— Finbarr Mc Carthy (@FiFinnymac) January 14, 2021
A man who knew the value of life & breathed fresh life into @officialgaa wherever he went.Eamonn Ryan RIP @OfficialCorkGAA was a wonderful,manager, coach & role model.Humble was his middle name. Sympathy to his family & @CorkLGFA , whose success made him so happy. @GlenvilleGAA
— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) January 14, 2021
'The enjoyment is when it's over' – my favourite interview with the great Eamonn Ryan, after a 2015 League Final replay win over Galway. The full interview is on the @LadiesFootball Facebook page now.. RIP to a true legend. pic.twitter.com/CQSa5fvfSE
— Jerome Quinn (@JeromeQuinn) January 14, 2021
LGFA President Marie Hickey also paid tribute to Eamonn Ryan saying;
“Eamonn’s managerial genius was very much to the fore as Cork won five successive TG4 All-Ireland Senior titles from 2005-2009, and another five-in-a-row from 2011-2015, while he was in charge,” said Hickey.
“Eamonn had a unique bond with the players he worked alongside, who all speak of his influence in glowing terms. Many of us in the LGFA also had the opportunity to get to know Eamonn on a personal level over the course of many years.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of Eamonn’s passing and he leaves behind an incredible legacy.
“On behalf of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to Eamonn’s family and friends at this very sad time.”