Former GAA Handball president dies in Spain

Former GAA Handball president dies in Spain

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The late Mr Michael Boyce
The late Mr Michael Boyce

A former national president of GAA Handball has died tragically while on holidays in Spain.

Michael Boyce (79) was on holidays in Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol with his wife when he suffered a fall last Saturday evening.

Mr Boyce died in hospital on Thursday evening without having regained consciousness. It’s understood that Mr Boyce sustained a fatal head injury after falling while descending steps.

Close friend Caimin Jones, also a former national handball president, said: “Michael was a man of great vision and clarity. He was always very straight whether it was in his work or in handball. He was a man of tremendous integrity.”

“When I became Handball President, I would run always run ideas past Michael. What he gave to handball was unreal. He gave so much of his time to the development of handball not just in Clare,” Mr Jones said.

Tribute on GAA Handball Facebook page.
Tribute on GAA Handball Facebook page.

From Scarriff, Co Clare Michael Boyce served as Irish Handball President during the period 1975 to 1978 and was the first Clareman to be elected to the position.

He also held positions on Clare County Board and Munster Council before being elected to the office of National Handball President.

During his time in Office Michael Boyce was responsible for the introduction of the Open Draw in the Senior 60 x 30 Softball Championship and was instrumental in  the rejuvenation of handball in his beloved Clare.

He was also the  driving force behind the roofing of the 60 x 30 court and the construction of the 40 x 20 court in Tuamgraney.

GAA Handball confirmed on their website: “It is with deep sadness and regret that GAA Handball inform you of the passing of Michael Boyce of Tuamgraney and Clare.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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