Death of Paddy Berkery, 84

Former Ireland and Munster full-back Paddy Berkery has died, aged 84.

Berkery was capped 11 times for his country, making his debut against Wales in 1954. He marked his final appearance in March 1958 by landing a penalty to help secure a 12-6 win over Scotland on the same day the great Jackie Kyle won his final cap.

Two months earlier, Berkery was part of the first Ireland team to defeat a major touring side when the men in green secured a 9-6 victory over Australia at Lansdowne Road.

A native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Berkery captained Old Crescent before moving to Lansdowne. He captained the Dublin club in the 1956-57 season and became president 20 years later.

Berkery played many times for Munster and his stellar performance in the 3-6 loss to the touring All Blacks in Cork in 1954 drew high praise from the opposition. Last November, Berkery was inducted into the Guinness Hall of Fame.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Peter O’Mahony’s bid to make tour of South Africa

CJ Stander feeling positive but pressure still on for Munster

Les Kiss targets bonus point at Ospreys and a favour from Anthony Foley

Jack McGrath: Leinster players must take responsibility for Ulster defeat


You might also like

Breaking Stories

Bertram Allen adds another car to his collection with five star win in Hamburg with Molly Malone

Leicester's title celebrations put in the shade as Northampton Town get Shaq to sing We Are The Champions

Jenson Button calls out Red Bull over Daniil Kvyat demotion

Amir Khan says upcoming fight in America could be his last if Donald Trump becomes president

Lifestyle

Love, tears and laughter is the story of Rita Coolidge's life

Women are in the focus on film

A question of taste with Cian Ó Cíobháin

It's not all over at 40 - some things are just beginning

More From The Irish Examiner