The death occurred on January 11 last of Pat Keane, Cortown, Kells, Co. Meath and formerly of Rosemount. Pat took a huge interest in the GAA and was a member of one of Westmeath's best-known footballing families. His brother Georgie was a star performer for Rosemount and Westmeath in the 1960s and represented Leinster in the Railway Cup in 1960 and '64, while nephews David, Cathal and John also wore the black and amber and maroon and white jerseys with distinction.
Cathal was full forward on the Westmeath team that won the All-Ireland minor title in 1995, while John - who has represented Ireland in the International Rules series - was an outstanding corner back on Westmeath's 2004 Leinster SFC winning team. John holds the distinction of being the only player from the Lake County to win two All Star awards in 2004 and '08.
Pat was no mean footballer himself, being a key part of the Rosemount team that won the intermediate championship and Feis Cup in 1959 at the expense of Kinnegad and Mental Hospital (now St. Loman's) respectively. He also played at midfield alongside George in the 1959 Division 1 league final which Rosemount lost to a Mick Carley-inspired Mental Hospital.
On moving to Meath, Pat was first involved with Drumbaragh before joining the newly-formed Cortown club in 1969. He served Cortown in every possible position and was club president at the time of his death. Predeceased by his wife Bernie in April 2015, Pat's son Liam played for Cortown well into his forties and was the first secretary of the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) of the GAA. Liam is currently chairman of the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).