Former Republic of Ireland international Ray Treacy has passed away at the age of 68 following a short illness.

The Dubliner won 42 caps for his country between 1966 and 1980 and later went into management where he took charge of Home Farm, Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers. He guided the latter to a a league title in 1994.

As a player, Treacy had two spells with West Brom and was with the midlands club when John Giles was manager. His cross-channel career also saw him line out for Charlton, Swindon and Preston.

In 1977, Treacy followed Giles back to Dublin as part of a plan to make Shamrock Rovers a credible force in European football. The project, however, failed to realise it ambition. While at Glenmalure Park, Treacy did win an FAI Cup winners medal in 1978, converting a controversial penalty in the decider against Sligo Rovers.

Away from football, Ray Treacy set up his own travel business which would become an official partner of the FAI in organising travel for the Irish team and supporters. 

He was also a regular pundit on RTÉ television during the 1980s and 90s

In an interview given to RTÉ Sport in 2009, Treacy recalled a story told to him by John Giles on the differing footballing philosophies espoused by by former Ireland managers Jack Charlton and Mick McCarthy.

"I spoke to John some years back and he came out with some of my favourite saying in football when he said: 'I often wish that Jack Charlton had Mick McCarthy’s team and that Mick McCarthy had Jack Charlton’s team.'

"What John was saying was that Jack didn’t want to pass the ball but he had this wonderful team. He had the best players. When Mick took over he did want to pass the ball. His team were more physical which would have suited Jack."