MODEST and unassuming, Denis Irwin was the most effective and respected defenders in the modern game.
Blessed with ability, mobility and vision, Denis was a vital cog in the Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland machines.
Born in October 1965, his first venture into the sporting arena was at St Finbarr’s GAA club before he joined Everton of Cork as a schoolboy, where his skill and determination quickly shone through.
Irwin was ever-present in that 1992/93 season, playing 40 league games and scoring five goals — most notably a 30-yard piledriver against Coventry.
As a result, Irwin missed the FA Cup final against Newcastle but, true to his character, he came back to play a vital role in their memorable Champions League win over Bayern Munich in Barcelona.
“I am now able to give more time to my family and that’s something that will continue in the years to come.”
Irwin finished his playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team he supported as a young boy.
The quiet man of football always let his feet do the talking.