Ireland Mourns the Passing of David Holmes
January 8th 2018 | International
Tributes have poured in across the Irish cricketing spectrum following the sudden death of popular cricket correspondent Davy Holmes at the age of 54.
As well as regularly being the voice of many a Cricket Ireland fixture, ‘Wee Davy’ was the cricket correspondent for the News Letter, and also contributed regularly to the Sunday Life, Ulster Star, Belfast Telegraph, CricketEurope and the Slog Sweep.
Those that knew him best, including close friend and colleague Cricket Ireland Media Manager Barry Chambers, have paid tribute to the great servant of Irish cricket: “Davy lived for cricket and his knowledge and passion shone through in conversations.
“What I liked most about Davy was his desire to cover cricket at all levels, not just senior. He would travel the length and breadth of the country to help promote the game.He was ahead of his time in recognising the value of social media, and he was the first to introduce me to the value of Twitter. Last spoke with him towards the end of the season at the Irish and NCU Women’s Cup finals when he was full of new ideas about increasing coverage of the sport. He was always innovative and was generous with his articles, columns and photographs. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Former Irish international Kyle McCallan said: “Awful news. Davy might have been small in stature, but hugely respected and is a massive loss to the game. I’ll miss our chats. RIP mate. Thoughts and prayers with your family and friends at this tragic time.”
Instonians and Ireland wicket-keeper Rory McCann added his condolences saying: “Shocking news. A sad day. Always made time for people and was a driving force in improving the profile of club cricket in Northern Ireland, RIP Holmsey.”
Willie Dwyer of The Hills added: “Sad, sad news. I only met him for the first time last year. After 20 minutes it felt like he was an old friend of 40 seasons, such was the fun and the craic we were having. Another great Irish cricket man gone.”
Brian Walsh, President of Cricket Ireland said: “Like the rest of the cricket family I was completely devastated to hear of the sudden unexpected and untimely death of David Holmes, Holmesy.
“I have known and been a close friend with David from the early 80’s. I played cricket with him and been with him on a club cricket tour, which he organised, to Barbados.
“David has always been a character and in recent years has become one of the best known and liked people, in not only NCU cricket, but Irish cricket.
“Proof of the esteem in which he was held was demonstrated by the fact that his name was trending on Twitter. He would have loved that.
“David my friend, RIP.”
David Holmes will be hugely missed. Everyone in Cricket Ireland sends our condolences to his family, his friends, colleagues and all who know him even briefly.