Tributes paid to Blues defender Tony Dunphy

Tributes paid to Blues defender Tony Dunphy

The Waterford football community is in mourning this morning following the sad passing of former Waterford United defender Tony Dunphy at the age of 74.

Originally from Pearse Park, but making a home in Tir Connell Avenue in his later years, Dunphy was instrumental to the Blues' 1980 Cup success, beating St Pats in Dalymount Park.

Teak tough; he dislocated his collar bone in the cup final, playing the entire second half with the injury niggling at him.

A Waterford Crystal worker by trade, Tony was integral to the club booking their place in the final, scoring in the replayed semi-final opposite Limerick.


He played for the Blues in Europe too, lining out seven times.

Dunphy started out as an attacking player when playing for Johnville, but injury curbed his forward-minded play and forced him to move back the field into the heart of the defence.

Tony passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the tender and exceptional care of the Oak Ward, University Hospital Waterford.

Tony will be forever loved and missed by his wife Anne, daughters Marissa and Orla, son Mark, sons-in-law Joey and Ray, daughter-in-law Erica, adored grandchildren Bill, Beth, Seán, Sadie, Alfie and Ollie, his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, relations, neighbours from Tir Connell Avenue, especially Breda and Dermot and his many friends.


Reposing at his residence, 29 Tir Connell Avenue, Lismore Lawn, Waterford on Friday, 2nd of February, from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Requiem Mass on Saturday, 3rd February, in St. Paul's Church, Lisduggan, Waterford at 1.30 pm, followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ballygunner, Waterford.

Tony's funeral cortege will be walking from the Bank on Fr. Gregory Power Way on Saturday on route to St. Paul's Church.

Mass will be live streamed by following the link below from 1.30pm on Saturday.