Paul Rueter, an Appreciation

Paul Rueter, an Appreciation. 

It was with great sadness that the Irish Olympic Handball Association learned today of the death of Paul Rueter after a long illness fought with courage and determination. Courage and determination were two characteristics that Paul showed throughout his handball career, he was a gentleman on and off the court and possessed a great sense of humour, something that helped defuse tense situations in the changing room before and after matches.

Paul represented Ireland from the mid 80’s right up to the Challenge Trophy in 2009 in Malta with distinction, through good times and bad and was always a source of encouragement to his team mates. His knowledge of the game enabled him to impart great advice to young and not so young players (me included) at International and Club level.

Paul began his club career with University College Dublin before becoming a founding member of Lughnasa Handball Club in autumn 1992, the rock the team was built on, some might say. He, alongside player coach Tomas O’Brannag√°in helped develop players that enjoyed domestic league success, win tournaments in the Isle of Man and represent Ireland at international level. His easy going nature meant he was not afraid to socialise with opponents after matches at home or abroad.

In September 2007 he played for St. Patrick’s College when they represented Ireland in the EHF Challenge Cup and became the 1st Irish team to win an EHF Club match with their victory over Oxford University.

Paul also possessed great taste in motors, he owned a 1979 Honda Goldwing and a vintage Porsche which I had the pleasure to travel in on one occassion. He planned to strip it down, restore and rebuild it but when I asked him a couple of years later on its progress he said it was in a pile in his shed!! The Goldwing however informed his team mates that he was on his way to training as you could hear him coming down the road before he pulled into the car park of Tallaght Sports Complex.

I extend my sympathies to his wife, daughter, extended family and friends, his like will never be seen again.

Michael Moloney, IOHA Secretary

Ireland Men, March 2008

Ireland Men, March 2008