There is shock and sadness in the GAA community this evening following the news that Liam Kearns has passed away.
The sad news was confirmed in a statement by Offaly GAA, where he was senior football manager, this evening.
They said: “Offaly GAA is devastated to learn of the sudden passing this evening of our senior football manager, Liam Kearns.
“In his short period of time as manager of the senior footballers, Liam made a hugely positive impact and he was extremely well respected by everyone associated with Offaly GAA.
“Offaly GAA extend deepest sympathies to his wife Angela and daughters Rachel & Laura. May he rest in peace.”
Liam Kearns, another Laois senior football manager from Kerry, took over from Mick O’Dwyer for the 2007 and 2008 seasons having previously done a very good job with Limerick.
Kearns led the Laois team to the 2007 Leinster final, the last they were in prior to 2018.
In his capacity as Offaly manager, he was on the line when Laois and Offaly played a challenge match in Portlaoise on Friday night.
The Tralee native also managed Tipperary, guiding them to an All-Ireland semi-final appearance in 2016.
His playing career saw him win an All-Ireland minor medal with Kerry in 1980, before being involved in the county’s U-21 and senior panels.
May he Rest in Peace.