The wider Irish sporting community is saddened with news of the passing of GAA legend Brian Mullins on Friday the 30th of September. A man who has certainly left his mark on sport all over the country through his many years of contribution as a player, coach, and director. Having been appointed as UCD’s Director of Sport in 2000, Mullins was integral to the operation of our campus sports for the last two decades.
As a player, Mullins was a Leinster, national league, and all-Ireland champion with Dublin, establishing a ‘no nonsense’ style of play. Along with winning several titles with his hometown club St. Vincent’s and his lesser-known exploits in cricket and rugby, Mullins posted an impressive Gaelic football coaching career after hanging up his boots in 1985. Having a short managerial stint with Dublin in 1986, winning an Ulster title with Derry in 1998, and maintaining consistent involvement with St. Vincent’s ensures Mullins as a hall-of-famer in Gaelic football.
Brian will be sorely missed by many, but his name will remain in thought and on tongues thanks to the legacy he has left with us.
Go raibh maith agat Brian, ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Dara Smith-Naughton – Sport Editor
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