This tribute first appeared in the match programme for Tipperary v Clare, National Hurling League game, on March 9th 2014 , at Semple Stadium a
Dermot Fitzgerald RIP by Seamus O Doherty
The death of Dermot Fitzgerald, retired Primary School Principal , on January 4th , 2014, provoked much sadness, in Roscrea. Originally from Lispole in Co. Kerry, Mr. Fitzgerald came to Roscrea in 1942 and soon joined the Roscrea Hurling Club and with the red & white he won North Tipperary honours, in 1945 .Roscrea lost the replayed county final to Thurles Sarsfields ,as the club continued its quest to win a first county title. During a memorable teaching career he was a keen promoter of hurling and played a major role in the Parish Primary Schools Leagues, which ran successfully through several decades. He married Peg in 1950 and they had four children ,Sean, Paddy, Gerard and Diarmuid, all of whom played Gaelic Games and continue to support them.
Mr. Fitzgerald’s grandson, Diarmaid, played Minor, Under 21 and Senior championship hurling for Tipperary and his versatility meant that he played in defence and attack in consecutive Munster Senior Finals 2005/2006. He captained Tipperary to Munster honours at Minor in 2001 and Under 21 in 2004. Diarmaid’s last League appearance against Clare was in Tipperary’s 2009 win ,at Semple Stadium, when he lined out at left half back.
Another grandson, Tommy, scored Tipperary’s goal in the drawn League game against Clare, at Cusack Park, Ennis, on March 16th, 2008 .He represented Tipperary at Minor Under 21 and Senior levels, winning provincial honours at Minor 2002 and Under 21, in 2004. Diarmaid and Tommy were together in Tipperary panels, during the League and Munster wins of 2008.
Grandson, Enda, played Minor hurling for Tipperary, winning Munster honours, against Clare, in 1997 .He played at full back for Meath senior hurlers, in recent years . Grandson, Sean, was a Tipp Minor in 2005 and an under 21 in 2008, when the Munster title was won.
The Roscrea Hurling club presented an Appreciation Award to Mr. Fitzgerald in December 2010, to acknowledge his promotion of our national game over many years and ‘’For cultivating in our kids / The proud culture we all hold true’’.
Mr. Fitzgerald was predeceased by his wife, in 2005.