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Tributes flow following death of legendary Kerryman sports writer Eamon Horan

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He was the dean of the Kerry sporting press corps

The late Eamon Horan, who passed away on Monday night, was a well respected and well liked sports journalist with The Kerryman for many years

There has been much sadness in Kerry journalistic and sporting circles at the news that former The Kerryman sports reporter Eamon Horan had passed away at his home in Caherslee, Tralee on Tuesday morning at the age of 87.

Horan was – and remained until his death this week – the dean of the Kerry sports press corps, widely and warmly regarded for the precision and passion he brought to his craft across the decades.

With his knowledge of and love for all things Kerry GAA, Horan over the course of his career in journalism became synonymous with the newspaper where he began – and finished – his career.

Horan started with The Kerryman in 1959 succeeding the legendary PF (Paddy Foley) in the role and, while he spent time in Dublin with the Evening Press, he eventually made his way back to the Kingdom where he struck up a legendary partnership with The Kerryman sports editor, John Barry.

“I could not have had a better man by my side,” Barry writes elsewhere on these pages of his long-time collaborator.

Despite retiring from The Kerryman in 2001, Eamon continued to write a column until well into the next decade. Indeed, his influence is still very much part of the newspaper. Current editor Kevin Hughes worked with Horan when he first joined the paper.

“He brought me to my first All Ireland final as a reporter,” Hughes reflected this week.

“Eamon was wonderful company, knowledgeable, welcoming and above all else a man of words. His prose is legendary for a reason. The Kerryman, and the people of Kerry, were lucky to have such a gifted chronicler of all things Kerry GAA for so long.

“We wish all his family, friends and former colleagues our most sincere sympathies, especially to his daughter Carla. She can be very proud of the legacy her father left behind him.”

Tributes have been flowing on social media all afternoon with Irish Examiner Sports Editor Tony Leen especially warm in his recollection of Horan.

“There are colleagues in our/any trade who take time and patience to be a guiding hand and counsel when you’re green and wet behind the ears. It’s rare and wonderful and is never forgotten and Eamon Horan of @kerryman_ie was wonderful and will never be forgotten. Vale old friend,” he wrote on X/Twitter.

“I am sad to hear of the passing of Eamon Horan of @kerryman_ie fame,” local sports reporter Mortimer Murphy wrote on the platform.

“He possibly never used a laptop, but his reports back in day of Kerry games were so good that you imagined you were there. He was a brilliant wordsmith and last of his kinds – a few pints and Monday crafted poetry.”

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