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  • Thursday April 22nd, 2010 @ 22:41


Tribute to the late Noel O'Reilly DVD for Sale €10 which shows Noel's wonderful coaching style and impact on Irish football at all levels! All proceeds in aid of Dystonia Ireland Medical Research Projects.

Many of you are aware of the sudden death of FAI's Senior Coach Educator Noel O'Reilly, September 2008 from a rare virus, Noel also suffered from a neurological movement disorder known as “Dystonia”. He was one of the most respected figures in Irish football.

Noel had a distinguished coaching career at club and international level and he had become one of a select group of Irish coaches to receive a UEFA Pro-Licence.

At club level he was best known for his involvement with Dublin schoolboy club Belvedere and Eircom League of Ireland sides Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick's Athletic.

At international level he was the current manager of the Ireland's World Universities Men's team.

He previously managed the Republic of Ireland Under-18 squad and was also coach to various other international underage teams over the years as well as being a member of Brian Kerr's senior management team from 2003 to 2005.

The most beautiful story in Irish soccer is still - maybe always be - the story of Brian Kerr, Noel O'Reilly and their youth teams. They won two European titles within two months in 1998.

A year earlier, they brought Ireland to third place at the World Youth Cup finals in Malaysia.

Brian wrote about his friend Noel:-

“Noel and myself worked together for over 25 years in coaching at all levels in Ireland and abroad. We were fortunate enough to have great success at St. Patrick's Athletic, the Republic of Ireland youth teams and with the national team.

We managed to travel the world together and I was like others privileged to share his company, wisdom and beautiful nature so closely for so long.

Sometimes I say we worked travelled, laughed and enjoyed life together in a special way.

Noel was a genius who loved life, football, people, music, books and words and he brought great joy, care and friendship to thousands of people. Like so many others I miss him hugely.

We will never see his like again. R.I.P.”

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder which can affect anyone at any age.

For further information please contact: Maria Hickey, Dystonia Ireland, 33 Larkfield Grove, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6W. Tel: (01) 492 2514 Email: info@dystonia.ie Website: www.dystonia.ie

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