Waterford GAA mourns loss of much admired Greg Fives

It was with widespread sadness and sympathy that Waterford Galeton and the wider GAA community learned of the death of Mr Greg Fives of Abbeyside, Dungarvan, a man whose life time of dedicated service to the Association in the Decies had few equals.

As a young man he excelled on the playing fields of his beloved Decies and beyond and was considered an accomplished hurler and footballer.

He played the games at all evels for both club and county, and was quite actively associated with the administrative side of things over a span of many years.

As a player, then aged 17 years, was a member of the Ballinacourty team, the winners of the first ever Under-21 Football championship played in the county.

He had the distinction of captaining the same team when they collected their second title in 1970, accounting for John Mitchells at the second attempt.

Having then graduated to the club’s senior team, he quickly attracted the attention of the county senior selectors and of course previously to all this he played both minor hurling and football for the Deise as well.

When Abbeyside won their first ever County Under-21 Hurling title in 2004, the person in charge of operations was Greg Fives.

He later went on to be identified with every grade of hurling as well as football both as manager and selector with club and county, bringing considerable success to both.

As an administrator he served the Association well in a variety of capacities, and at the time of his passing was County Development Officer, having taken over from the present County Secretary John O’Leary at the 2008 Convention.

He represented the county on the Munster of Council for a number of years with considerable distinction. Greg was also very much identified with the re-development work carried out at Fraher Field and was a hard working member of the Committee in charge for many years.

His passing unquestionably leaves a huge void in our midst, not easily replaced, and he will be sadly missed.

How fitting it was that the members of the Abbeyside/Ballinacourty clubs should form a guard of honour on the occasion of the final obsequies.

To his wife Marie, his mother, brothers, sister, sons Michael, Mark and Declan and other relatives, sincere sympathy is extended. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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