Tom Tully RIP

THE Football Association of Ireland was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of respected referee Tom Tully. Cork native Tully, 54, was a former chairman of the Cork Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society and was on the SSE Airtricity League panel of Elite referees up to a decade ago. Amongst the highlights of Tom’s refereeing career was being appointed fourth official at the 1999 FAI Cup final between Bray Wanderers and Finn Harps while he also officiated at an FAI Intermediate Cup Final. He is survived by his wife Anne and three children, David, Theresa and Thomas, parents Paddy and Noreen, brothers Joseph, Tony and Stephen and sister Patricia. Tom was an extremely popular referee. He was well liked by all involved in the game both locally and nationally and will be a huge loss to the refereeing community in Cork. He was a great guy and a lovely man. We’ve lost one of the good ones. The soccer fraternity in Cork and Munster were shocked to hear of the unexpected death of well-known referee Mr. Tom Tully today. The 54 year-old An Post employee who was based at Little Island was a former chairman of the Cork Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society and was on the League of Ireland panel of Elite referees up to a decade ago. Tom from Curraheen Close in Bishopstown was a guest tipster for the last four years on the Evening Echo’s Boylesports sponsored Charity Bet Challenge. He took ill on Saturday August 15th when taking part in a Charity Cycle event in Bantry in west Cork but subsequently passed away at Cork University hospital on Tuesday August 18th. Tom had a deep rooted interest in refereeing from a young age that was nurtured by his father Paddy and among the highlights of his career was being appointed fourth official at the 1999 FAI Cup final between Bray Wanderers and Finn Harps at Tolka Park that went to three replays and he also officiated at an FAI Intermediate Cup final. Tom played with Lough Rovers H&F Club in his younger days before he took up the whistle. On behalf of the Kerry Branch ISRS we offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Anne and three children, David, Theresa and Thomas, parents Paddy and Noreen, brothers Joseph, Tony and Stephen and sister Patricia. Tom along with other Cork ISRRS members spent many weekends in Kerry fundraising for Make-A-Wish. IMG_1479l/r: Frank O’Neill (Limerick ISRS), Tom Tully (Cork ISRS) & Seamus O’Mahoney (Kerry ISRS) pictured in 2011 The three branches raised €14,200 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Ireland