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Death of Ireland hockey great Joan O'Reilly

Updated: Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 13:00 | Comments

Death of Ireland hockey great O'Reilly

The death has taken place of the renowned Irish international hockey player Joan O’Reilly.

A member of the Irish Triple Crown-winning team in 1950, O’Reilly collected 34 caps over the course of a glittering career as an attacking player.

Noted for her outstanding speed and flair, she also toured South Africa, England, America and Holland with the Irish team.

After her retirement, she was an international umpire and also served as president of the Irish Ladies Hockey Union.

In 2006, she became one of the first inductees into the Irish Hockey Hall of Fame.

O'Reilly was also an All-Ireland 100 yards dash champion and was selected to take part in the 1948 London Olympics but was prevented from participating in those games due to the prevailing attitudes to women's sport at the time..

She passed away on Friday at Belmont House Nursing Home in Stillorgan.

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