How did Tom Tierney die? Former Ireland international coach cause of death explained


 How did Tom Tierney die? Former Ireland international coach cause of death explained

Tom Tierney, a former player for the Galwegians and Connacht as well as the former manager of the Irish Women’s team, passed away at the age of 46. Let’s see what happened to him and Tom Tierney cause of death in detail.

What happened to Tom Tierney?

Former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Tom Tierney have died: With the passing of former Ireland and Leicester Tigers scrum-half Tom Tierney at the age of 46, condolences have poured in.

At the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal playoffs, Tierney scored in Ireland’s 44-14 victory over Romania as a member of the team that advanced to that stage. 

He received eight caps over the course of two years, but in 2000, a fellow Limerick native named Peter Stringer beat him out for the starting spot. He never played again for the national team.

Tom Tierney cause of death

The tragic passing of Tom Tierney has shocked Munster Rugby, the IRFU, and Connacht Rugby. He was 46. The scrum-half, who was capped eight times for Ireland and started four games at the 1999 World Cup, passed away overnight.

Tom Tierney’s Career

Tom had a distinguished playing career that spanned from 2004 to 2008 and included stops with Connacht, Galwegians, Richmond, Garryowen, Munster, and Leicester Tigers.

In June 1999, the scrum half made his international debut for Ireland. He went on to earn eight caps, including four in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, when he scored a try in the team’s Pool E victory over Romania.

After making the switch to coaching, the native of Limerick held head coaching positions with the Ireland Club XV team, Garryowen, Crescent College Comprehensive SJ, and Cork Constitution.

He had worked for the IRFU since 2014, holding coaching positions with the Ireland Men’s U19 and U20, Women’s 7s, and Women’s 15s teams for three years. Among his accolades was the 2015 Women’s Six Nations Championship.

Since 2021, he has been working with Munster Rugby’s Academy players out of the High-Performance Centre as the IRFU National Talent Coach.

Condolences & Tributes to Tom Tierney 

Frankie Sheahan, a former teammate, expressed his grief over the passing of his “wonderful buddy and teammate” by tweeting that he was “really devastated” to hear the news.

The former hooker tweeted, “Great player, superb guy, and outstanding coach.” “Thoughts and prayers are with Mary, the widow of Tierney, and the entire family.”

After retiring from playing, Tierney had a successful coaching career. In 2015, Ireland’s women won their second Six Nations championship under his direction. After losing to France, the team came close to completing a Grand Slam, but Tierney eventually resigned after a disappointing performance at the 2017 Rugby World Cup.

In the years that followed, he went on to coach Ireland’s under-19 and under-20 teams, helping to develop some of the possibilities that later helped the country become rugby’s top-ranked side. Tierney was a national talent coach with the IRFU located at the University of Limerick at the time of his passing.

In a statement, IRFU CEO Kevin Potts said, “Everyone in Irish Rugby is very shocked to hear of the tragic loss of Tom Tierney.” “His wife Mary, daughters Isabel and Julia, as well as his numerous friends, coworkers, and former teammates are in our thoughts right now.

“Tom was an exceptional scrum-half, and the clubs that helped him along the way, as well as his family, will always be extremely proud of his time playing for Ireland. He also built up a strong coaching resume, and we were proud to work with him at the IRFU from 2014 till the present. His absence will be felt deeply.

A Munster Rugby statement read: “Munster Rugby is devastated to learn of the passing of Tom Tierney. A former Munster player, Tom is our National Talent Coach & previously coached Ireland Women, @GarryowenFC & @CorkConRugbyFC. Thinking of his wife Mary, daughters Isabel and Julia, and wider family & friends.”


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