Passage West GAA club mourns the loss of iconic midfielder 'Big Jim' O'Sullivan

Passage West GAA club mourns the loss of iconic midfielder 'Big Jim' O'Sullivan
The late Jim O'Sullivan in action for Passage West.

PASSAGE West GAA club members were deeply shocked when they got the sad news this week of the death of former player Jim O'Sullivan while working in Mexico.

'Big Jim' as he was affectionately known by all his former teammates wore the Passage colours with distinction from a very young age, along with his brothers Michael, Thomas and Raymond.

There is no doubt that Jim will be best remembered by his contemporaries for the major role that he played in the best team ever to represent the Passage club in its 135-year history.

This brilliant football team superbly marshalled by Terry Howard and the late Brian Geary, in a period of five years, rose from the anonymity of junior B football to becoming serious challengers for senior football honours against all the big guns of Cork football.

The 6' 5" athletic figure of Big Jim bestrode the midfield like a colossus during that golden era.

He will, of course, be best remembered for scoring the only goal in the epic two-match intermediate county final which propelled Passage to a famous victory against a highly fancied O'Donovan Rossa side.

Jim, along with his clubmate Ciaran O'Reilly won an All-Ireland junior football medal with Cork in 1984 and captained the team in the Munster final win against Kerry.

He was a member of one of the oldest families in Passage and it was particularly poignant that he should pass away at the age of 65 when his dad, also Jim, celebrated his 100th birthday only three months ago.

The Passage West GAA club would like to offer their sincerest condolences to Jim’s wife Liz his daughters Caroline and Elizabeth and son Jamie who also played football for Passage for many years.

Also, of course, deepest condolences to his dad Jim, sister Mary and brothers Michael, Thomas and Raymond.

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