ONE of Omagh’s finest ever sportsmen Dan McCaffrey, has sadly passed away after a short illness.
Holding the unique distinction of being the only Tyrone man to win an All-Ireland football title and also play in the European Cup, the 86-year old was a top talent in both GAA and soccer.
He was popularly known as ‘Dangerous Dan’ such was his goalscoring prowess during a long and illustrious career that spanned three decades, playing Gaelic Football for three counties and soccer for a dozen clubs, both in Ireland and England.
He first sprung to prominence in 1947 scoring the winning goal as Tyrone Minors won the county’s first ever All-Ireland crown, completing a memorable fightback to defeat Mayo in the Final at Croke Park.
After that Dan, who was well known in the motor trade and had a huge love of horse racing, went onto enjoy a wonderful soccer career winning a host of accolades and titles. In 1961 he was elected the first Personality of the Year by the Irish Soccer Writers Association after scoring an incredible 46 goals for the League of Ireland champions Drumcondra.
Just last year in recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements, Dan was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Ulster Herald Sports Awards.
Dan is survived by his wife Bridie and three daughters.