|Irish name||Éamonn Ó Riabhaigh|
Glenroe, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland
22 November 2021 (aged 77)|
Tallaght, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|University College Cork|
Rea joined the team during the 1964 championship and was a regular member of the starting fifteen until his retirement after the 1974 championship. During that time he won one All-Ireland medal and two Munster medals. Rea was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.
He attended St Munchin's College, Limerick.
Faughs surrendered their title the following year but went on to win back-to-back titles in 1972 and 1973, bringing Rea's championship medal tally to three.
Rea's performances at club level brought him to the attentions of the inter-county selectors and he soon joined the Limerick senior team.
In 1973, after eighteen years in the doldrums, Limerick finally made the provincial breakthrough. A last-gasp free by Richie Bennis secured a narrow 6-7 to 2-18 defeat of Tipperary in the provincial decider and a first Munster medal for Rea. Limerick later lined out as underdogs in Croke Park for an All-Ireland showdown with reigning champions and injury-ravaged Kilkenny. A Mossie Dowling goal eight minutes after half-time, together with play from Richie Bennis powered Limerick to a 1-21 to 1-14 victory and secured an All-Ireland medal for Rea.
In 1974 Limerick maintained their provincial dominance. Rea captured a second Munster medal following a 6-14 to 3-9 trouncing of Clare. This victory allowed Rea's side to advance directly to the All-Ireland final where Kilkenny provided the opposition once again. The Cats were back to full strength and set out for revenge. In spite of this Limerick stormed into an early lead, however, this was diminished as Pat Delaney, Eddie Keher and Mick Brennan scored goals. Limerick lost the game by 3-19 to 1-13.
Born in Glenroe, County Limerick, Munster, in May 1944, Rea was the eldest in a farming family of eight boys and three girls. His family moved to nearby Effin when he was an infant. Rea was a boarder at St Munchin's College in Limerick where he was a proficient rugby player and claimed three Muster junior medals and a senior schools medal. He later studied dairy science at University College Cork where he graduated before being appointed a creamery manager in Athlacca and later with Galtee Food Products. He became a publican in 1989, opening Rea’s Pub on Parkgate Street in Dublin.
He died on 22 November 2021, at the age of 77 after falling ill earlier in the month.
- University College Cork
- Fitzgibbon Cup: 1965, 1966
- South Limerick Minor Hurling Championship: 1959
- South Limerick Minor Hurling Championship: 1961
- Dublin Senior Club Hurling Championship: 1970, 1972, 1973
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