SPORTS reporter and broadcaster Pat McAuliffe will be laid to rest this week after he died unexpectedly at the age of 60.
Pat was one of the RTÉ’s best known, well respected and most versatile journalists and a cornerstone of The Echo's soccer coverage.
He will be lying in repose at the Temple Hill Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road this Thursday from 5pm until the removal at 7pm to the Holy Cross Church in Mahon. The requiem mass is at 11am on Friday, followed by the funeral to All Saints Cemetary in Garrycloyne.
The ever-popular and affable McAuliffe, an avid soccer referee and member of the Cork Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society, was a big Nottingham Forest fan.
He was invaluable to RTÉ given the wide range of sports he covered. From his first love, soccer to rugby, football and hurling, to ladies football and camogie, he was a familiar and trusted voice on the airwaves.
He had a vast knowledge of sport in general and a massive contacts book in all the sports he reported on country-wide.
Pat was a fixture in the press boxes and radio booths at Turner’s Cross, Thomond Park, Musgrave Park, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and elsewhere with his partner, Christine Roddy alongside, and he was a regular contributor to The Echo.
He was a player and team manager of the successful Cork Media team that played for years in the Nite Owls League and he steered the team to league and National Cup honours.
He played soccer for Hibernians and Rockmount and he was a manager and mentor with the Rochestown GAA club.
Pat was also commercial manager with Cobh Ramblers for a spell and also acted as assistant to one-time manager Dave Hill at St Colman’s Park.
He filed his last report for The Echo on the Cobh Ramblers versus Cork City U19 game on Sunday night.
Since the sad news broke yesterday morning, tributes have flowed in from friends and colleagues including Trevor Welch and Ken Tobin of 96FM, Paul Byrne of Virgin Media One, Ronan O’Gara, the FAI, Cork City FC, the Cork County Board and Munster Rugby.
The Soccer Writers Association of Ireland of which Pat was a member issued this statement.
“It is with deep sadness and great shock that we learned of our friend and colleague Pat McAuliffe’s sudden passing. A revered and respected presence throughout the country, Pat was passionate about all sports and covered his native Cork with passion and diligence.
“A valued member of this association, he will be greatly missed
"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”