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Saturday 1 October 2016

Dublin GAA mourns death of football stalwart Dave Billings

TRIBUTES

Tributes were today being paid to former Dublin footballer Dave Billings who has died at the age of 63.

The GAA community has been deeply saddened at the news that Mr Billings passed away overnight.

The footballing legend will be sadly missed by all those who knew him from his time as a player, manager, selector and county board delegate, as well as the various Dublin teams he served with.

Mr Billings will be remembered for his work with UCD, St Vincent's and as a selector under Paul Caffrey and Tommy Lyons during their tenures as mangers of the Dublin senior footballers.

The St Vincent's clubman lined out for both the Dublin hurlers and footballers in the seventies and won an All-Ireland medal in 1974 when he played under the legendary Kevin Heffernan.

His management career included stints with the Dublin under-21 footballers, various UCD teams, most notably the senior hurlers, as well as temporarily looking after the Dublin senior hurlers.

He was Gaelic Games Executive at UCD and was widely praised for his work there.

Tributes were pouring in today. Dublin hurler Conal Keaney said that he always did everything possible for a player both on and off the field.

"Will be missed. A true Dub," he wrote on his twitter account.

RTE sports presenter Des Cahill said that he woke up to several missed calls and knew something was not good.

Stunned

"Absolutely stunned to hear of the passing of Dave Billings," he said.

Meanwhile, Dublin legend Jason Sherlock said that very few had ever as much faith in him as a footballer as Dave Billings.

"He inspired so many in the simplest ways, a true blue, a great Gael," Mr Sherlock said.

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