It is with great sadness that the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland has learned that Dan McCaffrey, 86, passed away last night.
The first ever winner of our Personality of the Year award in 1961, the League of Ireland stalwart claimed the honour on the back of a season in which he scored 29 times for Drumcondra.
McCaffrey was a regular at the SWAI banquet until 2014, missing just one, so members both past and present are sure to have their own fond memories.
Born in Omagh in 1929, McCaffrey enjoyed spells with Waterford, Cork Hibernians, Drogheda, Caseltbar Celtic and his local side, Omagh Town.
As well as his distinguished career in the League of Ireland, McCaffrey also earned one amateur international cap for Northern Ireland and played inter-county Gaelic football for Tyrone.
Husband of Bridie, father of Geraldine, Noelle and Ursula, grandfather of Daniel, Janet and Ella. Brother of Don and the late Paddy, Eddie, Rose and Mary. McCaffrey will be reposing in his late residence, 5 Glenard Road Omagh BT78 5BE, from 8pm on Thursday 9th June 2016.
He will leave his late residence at 10am on Sunday 12th June for requiem mass in Sacred Heart Church Omagh followed by burial in the Drumragh cemetery.
House private on the morning of the funeral. Flowers welcome or donations in lieu of charity of your choice c/o Mc Atee Funeral Directors.
Deeply regretted by his loving wife, daughters, grandchildren, brother, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and entire family circle.