De La Salle Palmerston FC are saddened to announce the passing of club stalwart, Sean Stratton (91), who was a former President and Honorary Life Member, on Tuesday January 26th 2010…

During his life time, Sean served his beloved rugby club with unrivalled distinction. His contribution was noted in particular as an administrator, where he served Palmerston FC, De La Salle Palmerston FC and Leinster Rugby, at various levels.

He immersed himself in his club and the statistics are testament to that. Since the mid sixties he has been to all the AGMs and missed only one club dinner. There were many reasons why he had to attend them, President of the club on three occasions and honorary secretary for twelve years. He also chaired the Leinster Branch Youth Committee and Metro. Youth. He also managed the first Leinster Under-18 Youths Team.

Fittingly his contribution to Kilternan, was acknowledged when the main function room was renamed in his honour as ‘Stratton Hall’, he was also the inaugural recipient of the club’s Hall Of Fame award.

In time he was also acknowledged by his services to the Leinster Rugby, with an induction into the Leinster Rugby Hall of Fame. Which at the time came as huge shock to him on the night, but he regarded as one of his proudest moments.

One of his biggest contributions to his club and the game, was on Sunday 25th March 1975 , when ‘Palmerston became the first Leinster Senior rugby club to cater for the kids” – as described by John O’Shea of the Evening Herald at the time. 

Sean was one the main drivers of this momentous event and nearly 35 years later the benefits can clearly be seen, where nearly 70% of this season’s De La Salle Palmerston 1st XV & J1squad are now past pupils of the youths/mini section. It is well documented, how many players who went on to played at highest level of schools rugby (and some who have progressed to full senior provincial and international squads), first got introduced to the game.

Sean’s mentor on this project at the time was Ian McGregor. A Glasgow Academicals man, McGregor, whose two sons were to play for Scotland and he himself was to become President of the SRU. Sean had harboured the concept of putting together a mini youth section, as Palmerston had no feeder school.

On tour to Glasgow Academicals in December 1974 he discussed the concept with McGregor who had experience of establishing a similar facility. Primarily he reached out for pupils from non-rugby schools. A list from the Department of Education of schools gave him a mail shot opportunity. The letters went out and then it was a case of wait and see. As they say the rest is history…

Funeral arrangements are: Removal this Wednesday evening from his residence to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown arriving at 5.15pm. Funeral mass on Thursday, after 11am Mass, to Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

To his surviving family, his children Paula, Niall, Orla and six grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews, we offer our condolences.