Bray Wanderers FC are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former club photographer Mick Tierney today after a brave battle with illness.
A supporter of the club for over 30-years, he was the official man behind the lens for over a quarter of a century for the club – capturing and archiving, many of the clubs’ greatest moments – on and off the pitch,
Leading the club’s tribute, Head of Football Pat Devlin said “Mick was a great friend of Bray Wanderers. Without him, some of the club’s history that was created over the years would never have been recorded. It was very much appreciated by everyone associated with the club. His legacy will live on.”
On a personal note, Pat Devlin went to say “I had many great times with Mick. I really enjoyed his company. I have many of his pictures around the office and at home. He was a thorough gentleman.”
Those pictures adorn the players homes – proudly displayed for all to see, and the home clubs staff and many, many supporters.
Mick paid special attention to photographing the referees and match officials – something that would become a trend for other clubs and photographers.
His pictures were of the level that the local media even took to using them for their match reports, and coverage of clubs events.
Perhaps more importantly, he was a gentleman.
Mick was always straight to the point. But had a wonderful sense of humour that lit up everybody’s life.
He was a family man first and foremost. He was so proud of all his family and their great accomplishments.
Long time-friend, travel companion to games and fellow club official for many years Vincent Kirwan paid a glowing tribute.
“Mick has been my best friend for over 30 years, and as Bray Wanderers Supporters, we travelled together the length and breath of the country every other weekend and further afield, watching Bray Wanderers, in good times and bad.”
“Mick was the club photographer for over 25 years, and he has left behind for the benefit of the club, a library of photos that chronicle its history over those years and on viewing them they bring back memories of some great times and places we visited.”
“I will really miss my best friend, but he will not only be missed by me but by so many other people, but one thing is for sure he will never be forgotten by any of us.”
Mick will be sadly missed by all associated with Bray Wanderers.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
* Funeral arrangements will be posted when available.