It is with great regret that we learned of the passing of Gerry Tormey on March 13th 2019. Gerry was probably the finest outhalf ever to grace the pitches of Terenure College. He had an almost unbelieveable record. He was a member of the school’s Junior team which won the Leinster Junior cup in 1955, the first occasion that the school were successful at that level. The following year, as an under 16, he was out half on Noel Searson’s team which lost the Senior final to Blackrock College. A year later, he was on the team that lost 5-3 in the final, also to Blackrock College. The next year, he captained the team which beat Belvedere College in the SCT final 3-0, he having scored the only try of the match, before going off injured ten minutes after the interval. No substitutes were allowed in those days and the team held on to record their second Senior Schools cup victory. He was also a Leinster School’s interprovincial for two seasons. Gerry had played four school’s finals in four years.
His entry into senior ranks came through UCD and he was soon chosen for Leinster. Following a number of fine performances, he was selected on the Irish tour to South Africa in the summer of 1961. Unusually, the first match was the sole international match and the outhalf role was given to a player who had never played in that position for Ireland, before or after. Gerry played in the remaining three matches and was deemed to have been one of the players to watch for the future. However, an Irish cap eluded him. Selection was very political in those days and many fine players were deprived of a cap. In 1961-62 he was elected captain of UCD. Having completed his dental studies he returned to play for the club in Lakelands. He was out half on Eddie Coleman’s team which won the Leinster Senior cup in 1966. This team is thought by many to be the finest team ever to represent the club, before or since, and they went on to retain the cup in 1967. Gerry captained the club in 1967-68 and in 1969-70 was outhalf on the minor team which won the league and cup double for the first time.
To his wife Anne and daughters the members of Terenure College RFC extend our deepest sympathy, as we do to his four brothers, Killian, Simon, Peter and Pat, and his sister Anne.