The death of Mr. Enda McDonnell, Munster Ladies Gaelic Football President and current Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football PRO has shocked the local community this week.
Enda had a lifelong association with Gaelic Games, beginning with his involvement at club juvenile level as a player. In 1970 he started his administrative career as Secretary of Templemore Eire Óg while still playing. He played for Tipperary minor footballers in 1969 before going to Australia where he assisted in the setting up of a GAA Club in Brisbane and in 1975 this club affiliated with the Australian National Body under the name Queensland GAA. Following on from this and on his return to Ireland Enda returned to playing hurling for Clonmore and football for Templemor.In 1991 he was Chairman of Templemore Eire Óg and was involved in the amalgamation of the three clubs; Clonmore, Templemore Eire Óg and Killea who are better known as JK Brackens. He later became involved with Ladies Gaelic Football. Enda served in a number of positions on the Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Board including fixtures secretary until his elevation to the position of County Chairman in 2007. Enda stepped down as Chairman in 2011 and served as Tipperary Ladies Football PRO until his untimely death. Earlier this year, Enda was elected as Munster Ladies Football President. He is survived by his wife, Olive and children Éanna, Orlaigh and Fearghal and grandchildren, his two brothers Tom and John and sisters Mary and Ann and in laws to whom sympathy is tendered.