A tribute to John Sheridan, RIP

John Sheridan, originally from Cavan, became involved with Kilmacud Crokes in 1972 and was manager of the adult men’s teams when they moved from Junior ranks to Intermediate and when they achieved Senior Status and went on to win Senior 3, Senior 2 and Senior 1 leagues in successive seasons under his management. He was chairman of the football committee for many years and was a member of the executive committee of the club.

In his spare time, he chaired the Kilmacud Crokes Social Committee and organised many fundraising nights bringing well known big bands to Glenalbyn, as well as running a Cards night on Sunday in the club. John also started the Kilmacud Crokes Golf Society.

In 1996 John started Ladies Football in the club with 1 team and set up a Ladies Football Committee where he was Chairperson until 2010.  He expanded the ladies section to where it now is today, one of the largest ladies football clubs in the country with over 21 Teams competing, 500 girls playing Go Games and 200 girls in the nursery.

John enjoyed nothing more than attending a Kilmacud Ladies Football fixture from underage to senior and was always there to support all teams.  He would attend the nursery on a Saturday morning and was very involved with promoting football in local schools and would run a legendary annual school’s summer blitz with a BBQ after.

John started the first National Ladies Football U14 All Ireland 7’s in Kilmacud Crokes in 2004 which has continued annually on the eve of the Ladies Football All Ireland and clubs countrywide would contact John to look for a space. John took great pride in this event and it was a wonderful day for players from 32 counties to come together in Kilmacud Crokes.

John served as Chairperson of the Dublin Ladies County Board for 3 years.John was Ladies Football Central Council Dublin delegate for the past ten years and would always be ready to contribute to any rules debate.

In 2017, John was presented with the GAA President’s Award for his services to Ladies football, a night he thoroughly enjoyed with his family by his side.

Our sincere condolences to John’s children Brian, Rory, Deirdre and Tara and to his brother Pat and sister Kathleen, his beloved grandchildren and to all who knew him and loved him.

Go Raibh Suaimhneas Síoraí Air.

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