With our beloved Tim laid to rest, the Club has mourned and lost a special person. We will always remember him, and continue to work to be the best we can.
Tim was our beloved friend, club committee member, PRO & highly respected former chairman. No words can describe the great sense of loss around the club at this present time. He did so much for club members behind the scenes that people wouldn’t have been aware of. Tim held every position in the club from committee member to treasurer and club chairman.
The club purchased our grounds at Moatville in 1990 and when Tim was elected Chairman of Charleville Afc in 1991 he oversaw a major undertaking for the club to raise money to develop the grounds into 2 fabulous playing pitches and build a clubhouse. During his 23 years as chairman Tim has been a major influence and guiding force in the growth of our club.
More recently through Tim’s dedication to the club he helped deliver the absolutely fabulous new all-weather facilities that we have today in Moatville. So many young people are going to benefit from these facilities for decades to come, we will be forever grateful to Tim for all his work and vision for the club. He showed remarkable bravery and strength during his illness and will be a great loss to football, not just in our local area but on a national level also. A gentlemen and a truly wonderful man who without doubt is a legend of the game, he will be sadly missed.
As the photo shows Timmy Cove was the gold at the end of the rainbow & he will live long in our memories. Our thoughts and prayers go to Tim’s mother Jose and to Tim’s brothers and sisters.
We’re gathered here today to say farewell to our friend Tim,
All our lives are so much better after meeting and knowing him.
He’s probably looking down today and overwhelmed by the huge crowd,
But in his own humble way I am sure that he is very proud.
Timmy loved his brothers and sisters, a family man to the core,
He loved his mother Josie and Dad Tadhg who has gone before.
The man had so many friends of which todays crowd is a sign,
But he had special time for one little friend, a lad whose name is Ryan.
Timmy had a second family of which he as at the hub,
That family of course, was Charleville Soccer Club.
Be it as secretary, chairman or manager he loved the beautiful game,
And from now on in his absence our club will never be the same.
Timmy moved quickly through the ranks from Charleville to the FAI,
And his position became more senior with every year that passed by.
He loved the FAI and always said John Delaney was the best,
But all of us in Charleville knew he was probably looking for John’s job next.
Timmy was a charming man, he knew how to talk to me and you,
That’s why he was so important to the unions like SIPTU.
Tim knew how to deal with people especially one on one,
And he’d negotiate with anyone until the deal was done.
Timmy enjoyed the craic and was fond of the odd sing song,
He’d belt out ‘The Boxer’ and ‘The Rooster’ and we’d all sing along.
And when his song was finished he’d say ‘I must refresh my voice!’,
So over to the counter he’d go ‘a large cider with no ice!’.
When Timmy got his illness he never looked for sympathy,
He stared it in the face and fought it back with dignity.
Because that’s the Timmy we all knew ‘til Sunday last weekend,
A man who never threw in the towel, a fighter ‘til the end.
So now I am at the end and it’s time to say goodbye,
We never will forget you, no matter how many years go by.
All of us here today, be it long or short journeys we drove,
We came here for a reason, to say thanks and farewell Timmy Cove.
Tim Fitzgerald passed away at the Mercy Hospital in Cork after a brave battle with illness on Sunday 1st February . Tim held every position in the club from committee member to treasurer and club chairman. The club purchased our grounds at Moatville in 1990 and when Tim was elected Chairman of Charleville Afc in 1991 he oversaw a major undertaking for the club to raise money to develop the grounds into 2 fabulous playing pitches and build a clubhouse. During his 23 years as chairman Tim has been a major influence and guiding force in the growth of our club. More recently through Tim’s dedication to the club he helped deliver the absolutely fabulous new all-weather facilities that we have today in Moatville. Tim was appointed onto the FAI’s board at last summer’s AGM in Athlone and was chairman of the FAI underage committee. He was serving secretary of the Limerick County & District Underage League and was appointed Chairman of the Schoolboys FAI in 2014. He had previously been vice-chairman of the SFAI since 2011. Tim grew up in the Limerick-Cork border area and attended Colmanswell N.S. and Charleville C.B.S.
Away from football he worked with Kerry Group in Charleville, County Cork since 1977 and was a serving member of SIPTU’s National Executive Council. Tim was elected to the NEC in 2010. He began his working career in Golden Vale and was an active member of the Mallow No.1 branch of the union since 1984, serving as a trustee and vice president. It was no surprise to see the large turn out at his removal and burial last week where friends, work colleagues, SIPTU officials, members of Charleville AFC past and present, Limerick county schoolboys league and FAI CEO John Delaney joined Tim’s mother Josie and family members to pay our respects and hear some wonderful tributes paid to the great man.
Charleville AFC Chairman Kevin Buckley
Tim was our beloved friend, club committee member, PRO & highly respected former chairman. No words can describe the shock and loss around the club and the entire community at this present time. He did so much for club members behind the scenes that people wouldn’t have been aware of. My first dealings with Tim came when he was my manager at u16 level, we loved playing soccer and would look forward to every training and match like it was the most important thing in our lives. Even at such a young age i used to wreck Timmy’s head to organise 3 match tickets for myself and two buddies for Ireland internationals at the old Lansdowne road. This went on for nearly every irish international for over three years. He never left us down no matter how big the match a ticket would be found for the three young boys, little did i know then that in later years there would be so many phone calls, texts, emails, trips abroad, stag parties, weddings and in the last couple of years quite one to one moments shared over a drink or two where Tim would try to pass on his vast knowledge and experience. I have never met someone with such love for our sport, he was the greatest ambassador for the game I ever met. He loved to tell stories of trips he’d make as a young boy with his dad Tadhg to see his beloved limerick fc play in the Markets field, where at the end of the game he would go in search of autographs from the players. He had so much sound advice to give, always saying don’t rush in, take a step back and consider everything, then make your decision. He was a huge part of my decision to accept the nomination to become chairman of this fine club last May and I know that without his personal endorsement I wouldn’t have believed in myself to take on the position. So many young people are going to benefit from the facilities we now have in Moatville for decades to come, we will be forever grateful to Tim for all his work and vision for the club. He showed remarkable bravery and strength during his illness and will be a great loss to football, not just in our local area but on a national level also. A gentlemen and a truly wonderful and knowledgeable man who without doubt is a legend of the game, he made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of soccer in our area over many years and though he will be sadly missed, he will live long in our memories.
Thank you for everything Tim, it has been an absolute pleasure to have known you.
Charleville AFC Vice-Chairman Eugene Bowles
”Timmy was one in a million. No words can describe the sense of loss around the club and indeed the town and beyond at this present time. He held every position at the club at some stage and his 23 years as Chairman is a term I can’t ever see being repeated. Tim was a wonderful Chairman, Manager and Friend, calm in his approach and his vision for the club is there for all to see at Moatville with our state of the art facilities. We have come a long way since the days with a chip van as a dressing room at the Deerpark pitch. The club has grown so much during Tim’s time with the club, from purchasing and developing our own grounds at Moatville. A first ever schoolboy league title was secured in 1991 when Tim and his good friend Dave Sheehan managed the U-16’s to success. Multiple league titles and cups were added at all age groups, and we have gone on to win a National Cup at U-13 level in 2008. The junior A team spent 10 years in the Premier League in Limerick, winning the T.S.B. Cup in 1999. The girls section of the club has been developed and now of course we have a state of the art all weather pitch at Moatville, to mention but a few. His influence on the club as a whole was immense and on a personal level his influence on me from a young age was huge having been lucky enough to have had Tim and Dosser as managers for many years. Tim’s influence of course went far beyond Charleville Soccer Club. When you hear the list of things Tim was involved in from our own club, to the Limerick County & District Underage League, trade unions and SIPTU, the SFAI and the FAI, as well as working from a young age at the Golden Vale now Kerry Group, you wonder just how did he ever get the time, but Tim was just so dedicated and always made himself available if you were stuck with anything. Above all Tim was a great friend. The league titles we won at U-16 & U-18, the great days with the junior A team, the many trips away as a club we’d go on every Easter, stags, weddings or in town having the crack listening to Tim belt out ”The Boxer” and ”The Rooster”, these are all memories I and the rest of the lads are going to cherish forever. Tim and myself also enjoyed some memorable trips across the water supporting Man. United. Trips I’ll always remember. FAI chief executive John Delaney used the word ‘Irreplaceable’ at Tim’s funeral mass last Friday and that is exactly right, Tim is Irreplaceable. He fought his illness with dignity and bravery right up to the end. It’s hard to imagine games at Moatville without Tim being there, having him at club meetings, at the end of the phone, seeing him in town or just having a chat about United or football in general. He is going to be sorely missed by his family, friends and everyone in this club. Things will never be the same but his presence will always be felt at Moatville and his legacy will live forever. Timmy used often say to us ”Old Friends Are Best”, well Timmy Cove was one of the very best. Rest in peace dear friend. Thanks for everything. We’ll keep the flag flying”
On behalf of the Athlone District Schoolboy/Girl League I want to extend our sincere condolences to you and your Club on the recent passing of Tim Fitzgerald.
The moving tribute on your website says more about Tim than we ever could. It captures his enormous contribution to football and to your Club. Tim was the quintessential “football man” and his service to our game, and particularly to the most important grassroots level, was rightly recognised and rewarded by his elevation to SFAI Chairman and to the FAI Board.
We were very sorry to hear of his passing.
Please pass on our sincere sympathy to all in your Club at this sad time.
Athlone District Schoolboy/Girl League.
Rathkeale soccer lost a true friend last Sunday 1st February, when Tim Fitzgerald was prematurely called to his eternal reward. As Secretary of the Limerick County Schoolboy’s League Tim had regular dealings with our Club and was a great source of knowledge and sound advice. He was always a guest at our Club Functions, never missing such occasions and this afforded him the opportunity to catch up with the schoolboy players of days past. With whom he would have had a abiding memories of. Tim Fitzgerald was a visionary in many ways, but unlike many he could bring his dreams to reality .Testimony to this is the superb playing facilities in his home Club Charleville, of which Tim was the driving force, which from now on Rathkeale will call Fitzgerald Park (it might even help change our luck when we play there). Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed onto the FAI’s board last year. Last summer Tim became Chairman of the Schoolboy Football Association of Ireland, a huge honour. I am proud to relay that it was the Rathkeale Club that proposed him for the Chairmanship. Tim was a rock, a diamond even, charismatic, a tireless worker, very clever, practical and logical in thought. A great great friend. Sincere condolences to his mother Josephine, brothers and sisters, extended family and friends.
Rest in peace.
Tim Fitzgerald RIP
Kilmallock Utd committee and members pass on our condolences to the family of the late Tim Fitzgerald and his friends in Charleville AFC and the Limerick County & District Underage League. Tim made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of soccer in our area over many years and he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.
FAI pays its respects to Tim Fitzgerald RIP
THE Football Association of Ireland today passed on its condolences to the family of board member Tim Fitzgerald who passed away today at Mercy Hospital in Cork after a recent battle with illness.
1st Feb 2015
Mr Fitzgerald was appointed onto the FAI’s board at last summer’s AGM in Athlone and was chairman of the FAI underage committee.
He was serving secretary of the Limerick County & District Underage League and was appointed Chairman of the Schoolboys FAI in 2014. He had previously been vice-chairman of the SFAI since 2011.
Tim grew up in the Limerick-Cork border area and attended Colmanswell N.S. and Charleville C.B.S. He lived in the Co. Cork town of Charleville and was a committee member of Charleville AFC having served as chairman of the club for 23 years up until last year.
“Tim held every position in the club from committee member to treasurer and club chairman. In that time Tim has been a major influence and guiding force in the growth of our club. Without Tim’s dedication to the club we would never have the absolutely fabulous new all-weather facilities that we have today in Moatville. He fought his illness bravely to the end and will be a great loss to football in our area,” said Kevin Buckley, chairman of Charleville AFC.
Away from football he worked with Kerry Group since 1977 and was a serving member of SIPTU’s National Executive Council.
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said: “I was really great friends with Tim for many years particularly in his role with the Limerick County league, he joined the board of the FAI recently and we are deeply saddened that he only had a short time on our board. He could and would have made an outstanding contribution.
“My condolences to all his family, his mother and all relatives. There’ll be a special tribute to him at the Poland game in recognition for all he’s done for the game and we will posthumously present a services to football award at our AGM this year.”
Mr Fitzgerald is survived by mother Josephine, brothers John, Pat, Martin, Colman and Jason and sisters Margaret, Siobhan and Vera. He is predeceased by father Tadhg. He will be sadly missed by his friends within and outside the game.