Gene Moriarty Obituary, Death Cause – On the 22nd of May, 2023, Gene Moriarty was taken from this world in a manner that was completely unexpected. Dedicated father of Amy and cherished spouse of Margaret “Nee Murphy,” who also counts him as her best friend. His family, brothers-in-law Noel, Gearóid, and Seán, as well as Seán’s wife Máire, sister-in-law Martina and her husband Brendan (Kelliher), nieces, nephew, Amy’s boyfriend Mikey, cousins, his numerous friends, and everyone in the Fossa GAA Community will miss and adore him greatly.
The demise of Gene Moriarty, a tremendously active and loyal member of our club who was also a friend, has left every member of the club feeling profound grief. Gene Moriarty is undeniably a Fossa Man Apart due to the fact that he was born at Fossa Cross. When he first began working at St. Brendan’s in September 1964, he said that one of the first things he was asked was, “Are you a member of the Crokes or the Legion?” “Neither,” and I was unable to feel a connection to any other club either. Gene was motivated as a result of this to become one of the primary motivating elements for the founding of the Fossa Club in the year 1970. In 1970 and 1971, Gene served as our very first secretary.
In 1976 and again from 1992 to 1994, he served as chairman of the board. Up until the week that he passed away unexpectedly, he was a very involved member of our club. To celebrate our first half-century in business, we marked the occasion with the publication of a book three years ago. Gene’s extensive knowledge and wonderful memories of everything that has happened in the club from its inception were essential to the success of the book. Gene had a significant role in the production of the book. The passion that he has for his parish, his local club, and football is made abundantly clear by the title of an essay that he wrote about himself.
The piece is titled “Football & A Sense of Place.” Gene had an extensive understanding of all of the young athletes that played for Fossa and had a great deal of interest in who they were, where their parents and grandparents were from, and whether or not they had any links to football or other sports. He took tremendous pleasure in our triumphs across all age groups, but he was particularly elated if any of our players moved on to represent their respective schools, development squads, colleges, district, or county teams.
In the previous year, the club was awarded two Celtic Crosses, and then it went on to win the All Ireland Junior Championship. This brought him an incredible amount of joy and pleasure. Aside from the fossa, Gene had an incredible recall for all of the Kerry teams that had competed in the GAA from its inception and a tremendous deal of information about the East Kerry teams.