Shelbourne has led the tributes to Peter McDonald, the longest surviving Olympic football player for Ireland, who died at the age of 98. McDonald was a member of the Irish Olympic team that competed in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where they were defeated by the Netherlands in the first round.
During the 1940s, the Ringsend native played League of Ireland football with Bohemians and Transport, earning one youth international cap against Scotland in 1947 before being called up to the senior squad for the 1948 London Olympics.
Peter was a lifetime Shels supporter who grew up on the team’s doorstep and volunteered at Tolka Park after retiring from CIE. During the 1990s and 2000s, he was the top groundskeeper, and after stepping down, he continued to attend games for many years.
“Shelbourne FC is very saddened to learn of Peter McDonald’s passing,” the team said on Twitter. “He was a huge Shels fan and former groundsman in Tolka, as well as a former LOI player who represented Ireland at the 1948 Olympics.” “A true gentleman who will be sorely missed by his many Tolka friends.”