Women's football in Ireland lost one of its most prominent members on Sunday afternoon as a result of a tragic accident
Jeremy Dee was a well-known, highly respected and much liked member of the Irish football family. He was involved with Castlebar Celtic and was a coach of the Castlebar Celtic women's team. The tragic accident occurred today as he was travelling from Mayo to Tallaght for this afternoon's Bus Éireann Women's National League fixture between Shamrock Rovers FC and Castlebar Celtic.
The match was cancelled as news of the accident arrived. Jeremy was also the Competitions’ Officer for the Women's Football Association of Ireland with responsibility for national competitions, having previously served on the WFAI committee as Connaught representative.
Closely associated with Castlebar Celtic, he put in the work to ensure that the club entered the Bus Éireann Women's National League. He also looked after the Women’s Emerging Talent Programme in the Connaught region and his coaching skills earned many international call ups for girls from the West.
John Delaney, Chief Executive of the FAI paid tribute to Jeremy: "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."
Reacting to the tragedy today, 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 paid her tribute: "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."