The Irish and Munster hockey community was saddened to hear of the passing of Reg Treacy, one of the country’s greatest players and prolific youth coaches.
Known as an attacking player with a sharp eye for goal, his Irish playing career spanned 14 years from 1960 to 1974, playing in the first two European Nations Cups in 1970 in Brussels and 1974 in Madrid.
The Cork man also lined out for Great Britain on a 1963 tour of India, something players with parents born before 1937 or grandparents before 1921 were eligible to qualify for.
On the club front, he was a key component of the Cork C of I side that won three Irish Senior Cups in a row from 1967 to 1969 and won the Munster league title for an incredible 14 seasons in succession. They also finished fifth in Europe in 1970 in Terrassa, Spain and won the British Isles club championships during this period.
He was one of the inaugural Irish Hockey Hall of Fame entrants and became one of the first players to reach 50 international caps for Ireland, eventually earning 53 in total.
Following his retirement from playing soon after an Irish Junior Cup success in 1984, Treacy dedicated himself to over 30 years of coaching work.
He was instrumental in training the C of I kids section every Sunday afternoon, working with 100s of children. Many have gone on to enjoy hockey at different levels with several going on to have hugely successful international careers.
Tributes flowed yesterday, describing him as a “classy player” who regularly tormented opponents with his wonderful skill even on the bunmpiest of grass pitch. He played with “integrity and disctinction”, a man who “gave so much back selflessy and taught hundreds of kids to play and love hockey”.
Others described him as “a hockey inspiration and friend” whose “dedication was second to none” and who “taught a lot of people in Munster how to hold a stick”. To see more tributes, click here for comments on Southern Fried Hockey’s Facebook page and click here for Munster Hockey’s Facebook page.
He is survived by his wife Jean, son Derek and daughter Alison and four grandchildren.