Castlebar Celtic women’s team manager Jeremy Dee has tragically died in a car crash while travelling to Sunday’s Bus Éireann Women's National League fixture against Shamrock Rovers.
The crash occurred at Kildaree in Williamstown, Co Galway, this morning as Mr Dee was travelling to Dublin for the Tallaght Stadium encounter.
John Delaney, chief executive of the FAI, paid tribute to Mr Dee. He said: "I am deeply saddened at this tragic loss. I had enormous personal regard for Jeremy’s wide ranging contribution to the Irish football family.
“He represented all that is good about volunteerism and is an enormous loss to the development of women’s football, particularly in the west of Ireland. He always had a positive attitude and would light up any room with his enthusiasm and smile. I take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to his family.”
“He represented all that is good about volunteerism and is an enormous loss to the development of women’s football." - FAI CEO John Delaney
President of the FAI, Paddy McCaul said: "I was very sad to hear of the loss of Jeremy Dee. He was a true volunteer who gave so much time to our game. His work touched many thousands of young people involved in football and his knowledge and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all of them. He will be sadly missed and on behalf of everyone involved in football, our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
Niamh O'Donoghue, Chairperson of the Women's Football Association of Ireland also paid tribute saying: "Jeremy was a true example to all volunteers. He was a wonderful person whose real passion was the development of women's football.
“As the Connaught representative of the WFAI he did major work in getting activities going and uniting people to work together for the development of the game.
"Two years ago he became responsible for national competitions as Competitions’ Officer of the WFAI. Jeremy was a man who had vision and was always willing to put himself forward to get a job done. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Our prayers are with his family at this tragic time.”
Today’s match was cancelled as news of the accident arrived.
Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093-70840.