Farewell Davy Mulcahy. A True Red & Black Gentlemen

The football community of Waterford and especially the Schoolboy League section of the game here were saddened to learn that one of the great characters of the beautiful game, David (Davy) Mulcahy had been called to his eternal rest on Wednesday, February 21st.
It was known that Davy was ill for a short period but nevertheless it came as a massive shock when it was confirmed that he had left us last week.
He will always be remembered for his gravel like voice as he shouted instructions to the thousands of players he coached and managed for many years.
He was a Bohemians man through and through and there is no doubt that Ben Wadding Park just won’t be the same anymore without him.

He used to parade up and down the sideline on the river side of the famous venue decked out in his beloved red and black tracksuit and the fondness and care he displayed to the young players was at all time truly replicated by the players who were proud to wear the famous colours of a club that was founded in 1941.
For many years Davy worked alongside his great friend Bobby Sinnott and they became known as ‘Clough and Taylor’ such was the incredible bond they had together both on and off the park. Bobby proved a beautiful and loyal friend to Davy right up to the very end and needless to say he is devastated by Davy’s passing.
During their time together Davy and Bobby coached teams to an unprecedented 23 league titles and during that extraordinary run of success they won 15 doubles.
They began their coaching years with the Johnville club and remained with the St Martin’s Park club for ten years before their switch to Bohemians where they enjoyed sixteen laden full seasons.

Davy Mulcahy pictured in 2016 with his Bohemians U13 squad.

Davy Mulcahy pictured in 2016 with his Bohemians U13 squad.

Davy and Bobby had played Junior League football with Johnville prior to their entrance into underage coaching.
So many of our players who have gone on to make a living in the game and in many cases to play for Ireland have so much to thank Davy for.
The list could be described as endless. Eddie Nolan, Daryl Kavanagh, Stephen Hunt, Noel Hunt, John O’Shea, Dessie Hutchinson, Shane Robinson and Kenny Browne are just a few of the players who learnt their trade under Davy. Another player who simply loved Davy was the current Cardiff City goalkeeper Brian Murphy.
Brian was strongly thinking of following a career in Gaelic Games but the persuasive power of Davy worked and Brian has always been appreciative of what Davy did for him and it was quite understandable that he found it extremely hard to come to grips with the fact that Davy had departed this earth.
Davy worked in Liverpool for some years and here in Waterford he was employed with Douglas Engineering for some time and in later years he was the caretaker at the Butler Community Hall in St John’s Park.

Aged 74 years, Davy ran the highly successful Summer Camps at the Bohemians club for over twelve years and he was highly respected in FAI circles also and the legendary Irish coach Vinny Butler often spoke about the teams he brought to Dublin to play games.
Along with Bobby Sinnott he took Bohemians team to play in the famous Foyle Cup in Derry and they recorded some memorable victories in that competition.
In 2009 the two lads attended the Ireland v Italy World Cup qualifying game in Croke Park and they were proud men that night because three of the players they had coached were in the Irish squad that evening, John O’Shea, Eddie Nolan and Noel Hunt.

Davy is survived by his wife Betty (nee Walsh) and his three sons, David, Darren and Damien. He was laid to rest on Friday, February 23rd in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballygunner following Requiem Mass in Ballybricken Church. A large concourse of mourners were present at both his removal on Thursday and at his burial on Friday to say farewell to a gentleman who never tired of giving and doing everything he could possibly do for those of us who were lucky to have known him.
Sleep easily Davy and may God’s soil rest easily on your beautiful soul.

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