All at Garryowen F.C. are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and club mate Greig Oliver who was involved in a tragic paragliding accident in Cape Town today. Greig was in South Africa proudly supporting his son Jack who is in the Ireland Under 20s squad playing in the World Rugby Under 20 Championships. We offer our sincere condolences to Fiona, Jack, Ciara, extended Oliver, and McNamara families especially our own Seanie and Marci and wide circle of friends.
Greig was originally from Hawick and a former Scotland International, capped at scrumhalf which included a cap in the Rugby World Cup. However, Greig is more fondly remembered among us as a Garryowen man. Following in the footsteps of his father inlaw, Seanie McNamara, Greig took up the position of technical director at Dooradoyle in 2007-08. Greig remained a Garryowen man through and through and made lifelong friendships in Dooradoyle. A brilliant rugby coach and mentor to so many young players both in Garryowen FC and Munster Rugby as well as Irish underage teams to whom he unselfishly devoted his time. Greig’s commitment to rugby was secondary only to his wife Fiona and children. He was immensely proud of Jack and Ciara, both on and off the pitch.
He will be greatly missed by all of us lucky enough to have known him and call him one of our own. A true Blue!