Death of Sports Journalist Sean Diffley

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The death has occurred in the Blackrock Clinic a few days after his eighty fifth birthday of long serving sports journalist Sean Diffley.

Sean was born in Clondalkin and educated at Blackrock College where he acquired a lifelong interest in athletics and rugby. In June 1952 following the resignation of Charlie McManus Sean became, for a short time,honorary secretary of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAUE) which was then the IAAF recognised National Governing Body for Athletics in the Republic of Ireland.

He became a sports journalist with the now defunct “Irish Press” and covered numerous major athletics events during the sixties and early seventies, including the Mexico and Munich Olympics. Sean then moved to the “Irish Independent” where he became rugby correspondent and, in more recent years, even up to the time of his death, an occasional columnist.

His remains will be removed to the Church of the Assumption Booterstown Avenue on Wednesday evening at 6.00 p.m. with burial in Shanganagh Cemetery after 10.00 a.m. Mass on Thursday. Our sympathies to his daughters Ann Marie, Jean and Cathy as well as to his extended family. May he rest in peace.

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