Tony Mansfield, whose death took place in Cork on Sunday at the age of 73, was a leading figure in Waterford GAA, a member of the squad which contested the All-Ireland hurling final of 1963 against Kilkenny and going on to manage the 1992 U21 team which won the county’s only national title in the grade.
He also had two spells as senior coach, being the last Waterford native to do so prior to Michael Ryan taking charge two years ago.
In his professional life, he was a full-time ATGWU union official.
In 1974, he was manager when the Déise won the Munster U21 title for the first time and failed narrowly to Kilkenny in the final. Eighteen years later, he would be successful, working with Joey Carton and Peter Power, when a team captained by Tony Browne defeated Offaly in the final.
In his first spell as senior manager, he guided Waterford to the Munster final of 1989 after a notable victory over Cork in a semi-final replay.
A few years after the U21 triumph, he again took charge following the sensational defeat by Kerry in Walsh Park in the 1993 championship (when Kilkenny stalwart George Leahy was manager).
Describing him as a “great administrator and organiser”, WLR commentator Kieran O’Connor praised his loyalty to Abbeyside/Ballincourty club, as a long-time chairman and “the mastermind” behind a significant run of successes at underage level. As a player, he was twice on the losing side in county senior hurling finals, but he had the satisfaction of guiding them to three senior football title wins. Away from the playing fields, he wrote for the Dungarvan Observer. He is survived by his wife Moira, sons Michael and Brendan and daughter Caroline.
Rosary tonight at 8pm. Removal is tomorrow at 10am to St Augustine’s Church, Abbeyside, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St Laurence’s Cemetery, Ballinroad.
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