Instonians lead tributes as much-loved cricket writer David Holmes dies aged 54
Local cricket writer David Holmes has died aged 54.
A father of two, Holmes most recently reported for the News Letter but has also written for the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life on the sport he loved.
Holmes played for Instonians before taking up cricket reporting after retiring from the game. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He also pioneered social media cricket reporting and could be found tweeting regular updates from all the matches @NCUCricketLive.
I've had to narrow this down to 4 photos, top cricketing moments I was there to record in 2017, feel free to disagree. See if u recognise them & the significance; thanks to all sponsors including @AJG_Intl @GardinerBros & @HanleyEnergy the game needs more like you #HappyNewYear pic.twitter.com/beRJ8pohBR— David Holmes (@NCUCricketLive) December 31, 2017
Waringstown player David Dawson said: “Holmsey always had a smile on his face. He was full of banter and was loved by all the NCU and wider cricket family. He will be sorely missed. I will be thinking and praying for his family and friends at this time."
Tributes have also been flowing in on social media since news of his passing broke on Monday morning, led by his club Instonians.
Devastating news this morning on the passing of former club member and local cricket journalist David Holmes. He will be sorely missed by his many friends both at the club and around the local cricket family. Our sincere sympathies to David’s family and friends. RIP— Instonians Cricket (@InstoniansCC) January 8, 2018
We're all shocked and heartbroken to learn of the passing of David Holmes this weekend. David was a shining light in cricket circles and always a joy to be around. David you will be sorely missed by all.— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) January 8, 2018
Our thoughts are with the David's family, colleagues and friends. pic.twitter.com/pc1XtliDOX
Devestating news this morning with the passing of local cricket writer David Holmes. The game here has lost a gentleman and a loyal supporter. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time.— Andrew White (@Whitey631) January 8, 2018
Completely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of David Holmes. He was ever present in local cricket and always great for a chat. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this difficult time.— Peter Hanna (@pfhanna5) January 8, 2018
A very sad loss to his family, friends, the sport of cricket and to the many media outlets he assisted. God rest a decent soul in David Holmes— BelTelSportsDesk (@BelTelSportsDes) January 8, 2018
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