Bohs stalwart Hurley dies

THE death has occurred of Billy Hurley, a former President of the Munster Branch, IRFU, and one of the best-known and popular sporting figures in the province for many years.

Originally from Waterford, Mr Hurley worked in the paint and decorating business in Limerick for more than 50 years. A prominent member of the Bohemian club throughout his rugby career, he was a member of the side that bridged a 31-year gap by winning the Munster Senior Cup in 1958. A versatile forward, who performed with equal distinction in the front and back rows of the scrum, he was also on the team that retained the trophy the following season.

On retirement, he became involved in the administrative side of the game and was elected President of the Munster Branch in 1986/87. He is survived by wife Bonnie, sons Bill, Dermot and Robert, daughter Claire and brother Bernard.

He will repose at Thompson Funeral Home, Limerick, today from 5.30pm to 7.30pm followed by removal to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Ennis Road. Funeral mass takes place on Thursday at 11am followed by funeral to St Nicholas Cemetery, Adare.

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