Meath Obituaries 2000
Jim Clarke (formerly Duleek)
Jim Clarke who had lived in Dublin for many years was left half forward on
the Meath team which was beaten by Kerry in the 1939 All-Ireland final and
was at midfield when Meath retained their Leinster title in 1940. He played
for Leinster in Railway Cup final of 43 and was at top of the left when
the National Football League title was won in 1946. Jim also played a major
role in Duleek winning the Senior Football Championship and Feis Cup double
in 1943. He must also have created a record in university competitions as
he played for UCD in seven Sigerson Cup Finals between 1937 and 1945 eventually
winning the last two in 44 and 45. Jim went to his eternal reward
in Summer 2000 having been ill for a few years.
Matty Maguire (Syddan)
Matty Maguire who died in August, actually played for Meath in the 1st Round
of the Leinster Championship in 1949 (v Kildare). He was replaced by Seamus
Heery for the next match, but though he did win his Leinster medal he was
not a panel member when Sam Maguire arrived in September. Matty did however
join his old mates during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 1999. He also
was a member of the victorious Syddan team which won four senior football
championships in 49, 51, 52 and 56.
John Nobby Clarke (Kells and New York)
Nobby Clarke who died in New York early in 2000 was a member of
the panel for the 1954 All Ireland victory over Kerry. He had played in the
first round v Wicklow. Nobby played for Kells Harps in the Senior Football
Championship Finals of 1954 and 1955 losing to Skryne and St Vincents (Ardcath).
Soon afterwards he emigrated to New York where he became deeply involved in
GAA affairs, visiting Ireland most years as a Congress Delegate. He was also
a regular summer visitor to his native Meath and was a great Royals
supporter during Sean Boylans reign when he liked nothing better than
to renew old acquaintances at Pairc Tailteann or Dalgan Park.
Matty OBrien (Rathkenny)
Matty who passed away suddenly in January was centre half back on Meaths
Junior Football team which won the All-Ireland title in 1947 - Meaths
first All-Ireland football title in any grade. He played his club football
for Rathkenny and Castletown winning an intermediate championship for the
latter in 1946 while he also collected a senior football championship medal
with Divisional side North Meath in 1950. He was a trustee of Rathkennys
pitch up to the time of his death.
Johnny Timmons (Rathkenny and England)
Johnny Timmons who died in England in February was like Matty OBrien
a member of the successful Meath Junior panel of 1947. He also won a Senior
Football Championship with North Meath in 1950 and an Intermediate with the
Castletown side in 46. Uncle of County Board official Barney Allen.
Tommy Dolan (Ratoath)
Tommy Dolan who died in January was from a family synonymous with the GAA
in his native village. He was Treasurer for 40 years and Secretary of the
Ratoath hurling and football club for many years and was still an active member
up to his death. One of his proudest days as secretary was when Ratoath won
the Senior Hurling Championship in 1963 while the Junior Football Championship
of 1970 was another proud milestone.
Vincent Moran (Commons Navan and Mullingar)
Vincent, a Garda in Mullingar, died in March while still a relatively young
man. He had starred for Commons at full back in the 1960 Junior B Final which
the club lost to Batterstown. Brother of John (former County Board Assistant
Secretary and currently Secretary of Bective GFC), the Moran brothers had
been stalwart members of the now defunct Commons club for many years. Vincent
just like brothers John and Gerry also won many underage honours with Navan
De La Salle.
Oliver Matthews (OMahonys Navan)
Oliver was only in his early 50s when he passed away in July after a
long illness. In his playing days Oliver won minor football and minor hurling
championships with De La Salle (actually doing the double in 1963) and a Junior
Football Championship with OMahonys in 1970 but it was his achievements
off the field as an Administrator and an underage mentor at all levels over
many years that made him a legend in the OMahonys club. One of Olivers
proudest moments came during his illness when he saw his son Ian play such
an outstanding part in St Pats All-Ireland Colleges victory in April. Oliver
worked at Tara Mines for many years.
Bartle Lenehan (Duleek)
Bartle Lenehan was in his mid 60s when his life came to a sudden and
tragic end during July last. He was fatally injured in an accident involving
farm machinery. Bartle had been an outstanding midfielder in his day and one
of his proudest moments was helping Duleek to Intermediate Championship success
in 1955 when there were six Lenehans on the team (not all related). He was
also selected for Meath Junior team on a few occasions. Bartles wife
Rita is a member of a well-known GAA family - ODwyers, Dunshaughlin.
Son Bartle (Jnr) is a prominent member of Duleek Intermediate team while daughter
Joan has been PRO for the club in recent years.
Andy Eiffe (Ratoath)
Andy aged 73 died in June after a short illness. When Ratoath teams were at
their best at either hurling or football in the 50s and 60s one
name dominated the team sheets - the rather unusual one of Eiffe. Andy (the
eldest) was usually a member of the back-room team, while brothers Noel, John,
Jim and Bill did their bit on the field Andys contribution was immense.
In fact his contribution to the parish of Ratoath down the years has been
remarkable. He was that type of man - Chairman of one committee, Secretary
of another - master organiser particularly where fund-raising or charitable
causes were concerned. A noted athlete in his youth, Andy had many County
Championship wins on the athletic track. Son Brian followed in his footsteps
in this regard while other son Sean was selected for Meath minor and junior
Eddie OReilly (Oldcastle)
Eddie, from the townland of Summerbank, was in his late 70s when he
died in June. In his youth he won a Leinster Colleges medal with St Finians
Mullingar but he will be best remembered for looking after the juveniles in
Oldcastle over many years. He was also deeply involved in athletics - an outstanding
athlete in his younger days and in later years as an administrator in Community
Sean and Packy Doyle (Drumree)
Two brothers aged around 60, died within two months of one another in the
Spring of 2000. Both had starred for their club back in the late 50s
and 60s winning the junior championship in 59 and Intermediate
honours in 61 and again in 69. Many old Gaels will remember their
late father Paddy Doyle (affectionately known as The Rah) a legendary GAA
figure for years at matches and County Board meetings.
Patrick Maguire (Kells)
Was a GAA official in Kells for most of his life, always involved with Kells
Park, and acted as a steward as Pairc Tailteann on the occasion of major championship
matches. In his playing days he was a member of Kells Harps team which won
Junior Football Championship in 1951.
Kevin Coleman (Laytown and formerly Duleek)
Kevin Coleman who died in March was another of that great Duleek team which
brought off the Senior Championship/Feis Cup double in 1943. He was also a
member of the Meath panel for a few years in the 40s winning a Cairnes
Cup medal (Drogheda Tournament) in 1944. He was still a playing member of
Duleek when they won the Intermediate title in 1955 and also played his part
as a committee member for many years.
Bridget Reilly (Kilberry)
This grand old lady had passed the 100 year mark when she passed away in March.
Many of the Meath 49 heroes attended her funeral always remembering
how she had catered for them in Brú na Mí Gibbstown while in
Collective Training for the All-Ireland finals of 49, 51
Mick Mongey (Rathkenny)
Mick who died in March aged 60 was one of the twin brothers who starred as
juveniles with Rathkenny in the mid 50s. Mick (like brother Tom) went
on to win Minor Championship honours with Boyne Emmetts. Later on he played
adult football with Slane and OMahonys as well as his native Rathkenny.
He was a Trustee of local Townsend Park and played a big part in producing
the History of Rathkenny Club for Centenary Year.
Noel Conlon (Kildalkey)
Noel was in his 80s when he died in August. A useful hurling midfielder
with Kildalkey back in the 40s he had to retire early due to a knee
injury. He then turned his attention to the administrative side and was instrumental
in the acquisition of Kildalkey Park in the 50s. He was a Trustee of
the Park until his death. Also a loyal supporter of Meath football teams down
the years, he was ever present in Croke Park at the big matches up to a year
or so before his death.
Michael Smith (Cortown)
Mickey Smith was in his 80s when he passed away in June. He had been
a founder member of Cortown GFC and was Chairman for many years. He also represented
the club for many years as County Board delegate and played a major role in
acquiring the playing pitch in Cortown. His proudest moment came at the official
opening of the pitch in Centenary Year. Mickey, a brother in law of former
County Board Deputy Vice Chairman and Ballinlough clubman Frank Nulty also
played a major part in promoting underage football with St Cuthberts.
Donal Kearney (Oldcastle)
A well known figure in the legal profession, Donal rose to become a District
Justice firstly in the Dublin area and than the number 10 district which covers
An outstanding athlete back in the 30s and 40s, Donal was a key member of
the Oldcastle team that captured Meath junior honours in 1944 and went on
to compete against Skryne in the senior decider the following year. He usually
lined out in the half forward line and was a first cousin of 49er
Jim Kenny (Nobber)
Older supporters will recall Jim as the man who rode his bicycle all the way
from Nobber to Croke Park back in the 70s to support the green and gold. Jims
bicycle was bedecked in the county colours and he was warmly hooted by supporters
going and returning from the match. His reply was a good hearty hand wave.
A scorching summer afternoon in 1975 was a bad day for Jim and Meath. The
previous month the Royals had claimed the NFL trophy at Dublins expense
but neighbours Louth caused a major shock in the first round of the championship.
Later that evening Jims mode of transport was stolen outside Croke Park.
Some years on the Nobber man received a bad injury from a passing car on one
such venture and this effectively finished Jim Kennys near 100 mile
Others deaths during the year involving GAA families in Meath include -
PJ Cassells, Navan - father of Joe Cassells (former All-Ireland captain) and
Oliver (County Board Auditor).
Mrs Marie Carry, Navan - wife of former Gaeil Colmcille, Drumbaragh and Meath
Henry Curran, Carlanstown - former Chairman and Committee member of St Michaels
Club, part of a great St Michaels footballing family.
TJ Price, Castletown - one of a family of brothers who gave such great service
to Castletown over many years, one, Pete playing for Meath regularly in the
Mrs Nan White, Creewood Slane - mother of All-Ireland winner of 1967 Mick
Fr Jim Halpenny - brother of All-Ireland winner of 49 Bill Halpenny.
Matty Morris, Kells - played football and hurling for Kells Harps back in
Padraig Curtis, Kilmessan - son of former Meath and Kilmessan hurler John,
who lost his life in a motoring accident. Represented Kilmessan at all levels
in the juvenile ranks and at U21, junior and intermediate levels.
Jim Brady, Ratoath - father of well known Ratoath mentor and former player
Joe Drew, Slane - one time Secretary and County Board Delegate of now defunct
club Newtown Blues (Grangegeeth).
Mrs Mary Dunne, Ardcath - mother of St Vincents County Board Delegate and
former goalkeeper Dickser Dunne.
Larry Tully, last surviving brother of Rev Fr Tully former County Board Chairman.
Vincent Geraghty, Duleek - brother of Duleek official Eugene and Seneschalstown
selector Ger and uncle of All-Ireland winning captain Graham.
Mary Brennan, England - sister of Seneschalstown veteran official Conor.
Mrs Margaret OCallaghan, Boyerstown - mother of well known set of brothers
who have served Dunderry down the years as players and officials and of course
grandmother of current players Barry and Keith.
Brendan Farrell, Kilmessan - former Chairman of Kilmessan hurling club.
Toddy Boyle, Commons, Navan - former Commons player and an enthusiastic Meath
and OMahonys supporter. Uncle of Finian Murtagh and brother-in-law of
Mrs Mary Galligan, Oldcastle - sons Peter and John are staunch members and
officials of Oldcastle GFC.
Lorraine Shanahan, Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick - girlfriend of All-Ireland
winner of 1999 Hank Traynor. Lorraine was only in her mid 20s and had
accompanied the Meath team on the trip to Dubai before suffering the illness
which was to prove fatal.
Helen McDonagh, Navan - a prominent member of Simonstown club particularly
in the social and catering sphere and mother of well-known Simonstown official
Kitty Dungan, Dunmore, Navan - member of well-known OToole family synonymous
with OMahonys club. County Convention delegates have reason to be thankful
to Kitty for looking after their welfare at the tea-break over many years.
Johnny McLoughlin, Dunshaughlin - staunch Dunshaughlin official and supporter
over many years.
Christy Gorman, Kilmessan - was the veteran of the team when he lined out
in goal for Kilmessan to regain the senior hurling championship of 1961 after
a long spell in the doldrums.
Peter Blake, Curraha - deeply involved in athletics and community games, Peter
had been PRO for Curraha GFC for a long period some years ago.
Frank Swan, Lismullen, Skryne - had played junior football for Skryne and
hurling for the old Dowdstown club. An expert on all GAA affairs and statistics
and a staunch Skryne supporter. His death was a very poignant one as wife
Mary died one day later and two funerals took place at the same time in Skryne
Tom McKeown, Kilskyre - a former official of Kilskyre hurling club.
Mrs Alice Brown, Martry - three sons played for Martry and Harps. One of the
sons, Tom was also a well-known referee for many years.
Jack Grall, Baltrasna, Oldcastle - in his late 80s Jack had played for Moylagh
in his youth and served as a selector in the 70s.
Bosco Kane, Navan - one of Meaths greatest supporters. Despite all the
successes of recent times his idol was still 67 hero Jack Quinn.
Colm Kavanagh, Bohermeen (24) who died tragically in September was son of
former Bohermeen star Jim and nephew of well-known referee Paddy.
Bill Delaney (85) Laois - a famous footballer for Laois and Leinster in the
30s and 40s who also served as a referee and Central Council Delegate,
was father of Donaghmore/Ashbourne Chairman Gerry Delaney.
Ultan Brady Boyerstown and Mullingar - played for the old Boyerstown club
in the 50s and 60s.
John Gavin Navan - grandson of GAA enthusiast and Pairc Tailteann steward
Michael Stoogie Rennicks, Navan - played for Martry in the 40s
and 50s. Brother of Referee Francie who died in 1999 and uncle of Ken
Christy Blake (92) Wilkinstown - a member of a family always deeply involved
in GAA affairs. A keen Meath supporter all his life.
Mrs Mary Dowd, Dunshaughlin - mother of Val and Ger and grandmother of Graham
and Trevor of the victorious Dunshaughlin team 2000.
Tom Farrell (78) Batterstown - A native of Galway, Tom was associated with
the old Batterstown club and played hurling for Batterstown, Ratoath and Kilmessan.
Ned and Veronica McManus, Rathmolyon - The couple who died in tragic circumstances
(an accident in the Sligo/Donegal area) were parents-in-law of well-known
Meath and Rathmolyon hurler John Gorry.
Mrs Rita Caulfield, Carnaross - mother of former Carnaross player John and
sister of Jack and Tommy Smith both of whom represented Meath.
Paddy Thornton, Dublin and Skryne - won Under 14 and Under 16 championships
with Skryne in the 50s and played in Junior B final against Longwood in 1959.
Resident in the city for many years. Died in September after a brief illness.
Danny McGarry, Gibbstown - died tragically in late October. Member of a family
much involved with Wolfe Tones. Brother-in-law of Tommy Dowd and Colm Keyes
Alfie Nelson, Navan - died in late October after a few months illness. From
a family deeply involved in OMahonys. Wife Rosie, is a daughter of the
late Christy (Buffer) Ratty and sister of the late Harry, winner of 7 SFC
medals. Alfies nephew Davy is the manager of OMahonys SF team.
Tom Wheeler, Ratoath - was involved with Ratoath through the 40s, 50s and
60s. A highly respected club member.
Betty Quigley, Ashbourne - nee Brunton - played camogie for Meath during the
1940s and won many medals.
Peter Cassidy, Kilbeg - won Feis Cup medal with St. Marys (Kilbeg-Moynalty)
in 1937 and an intermediate with Carlanstown in 45. A founder member
of St. Michaels and a life president.
Peter Blaney, Wilkinstown - a founder member of both Kilberry football and
Wilkinstown hurling clubs.
Thomas Regan, Summerhill - a great follower of Kiltale and Meath hurling.
Joseph Curley, Moynalty - a brother of former Roscommon star and Cavan manager
Eamonn, son Joey was a Moynalty regular for years.
Wayne Carroll, Carlanstown - tragically killed in a road accident. 19 years
old, Wayne was a promising player with St. Michaels
Alfie Kearney, Kildalkey - a brilliant hurler with Kildalkey over 50 years
Brendan Coyle, Bohermeen - a regular at Bohermeen matches
Harry Hobbs, Dunboyne and London - played hurling and football with his native
Dunboyne. Always kept a close eye on Meath matches.
JJ Ward, Clonee - Well known historian and businessman, JJ, like his father
before, provided a field for the local team.
Jimmy Kearney, Athboy - a keen hurler and footballer with Kildalkey in his
youth, Jimmy was an avid follower of the Meath football team.
Paddy Gore, Rathkenny and London - loved to read about the Meath GAA scene.
Patrick Pa Geraghty, Garlow Cross - rarely missed a Meath match
Alfie OReilly, Navan - a great worker for Navan OMahonys and was
on the Fair Green for every Meath homecoming since 49.
Jim Coulter, Navan - a native of Donegal, Jim became deeply involved with
Simonstown and especially their badminton section on moving to Navan. Sons
play underage football with Simonstown.
Mary Brennan, Julianstown - a staunch follower of the Meath footballers.
John Browne, Athboy - a skilful hurler, Johns brother Tommy was a member
of the victorious Meath minor hurling team of 1929.
Michael De Lacy, Ballivor - A keen supporter of Ballivor and was involved
on the clubs lotto committee.
Fr James Bird, Kilmessan - a native of Kildalkey, amongst his ordination class
mates was the late great Fr Packy Tully. Parish priest of Kilmessan from 1974
to 96, James was a great follower of the local hurlers.
Patrick Fay, Robinstown - attended the Meath-Mayo final of 96 while
89 years of age. In his younger days played for Tullaghanstown, Boyerstown
and the Navan De La Salle.
James Brady, Bective - a grand uncle of Trevor Giles, James was an ardent
follower of Navan OMahonys.
Pat Matthews, Drumconrath - a very popular figure around north Meath, his
sons Pat, Tom and Gerard gave great service to Meath Hill and wore the county
jersey on various occasions.
Sean Ludlow, Duleek - a member of the great Duleek team of the early 1940s.
Sean was also a regular on Meath teams around this time.
Michael White - a native of Kilskyre and, although living in Delvin, followed
the fortunes of his native county for 60 years.
Fr Patrick Stewart - retired parish priest of Moynalvey-Kiltale, Fr Patrick
got involved in GAA clubs on his arrival in the various parishes he served.
These included Navan, Bohermeen, Kilcloon and Summerhill.
Dessy McDonnell, Carnaross - a member of an old north Meath family which has
given great service to Ballinlough and Carnaross clubs.
Kit Shaffrey, The Commons - In his younger days travelled around Ireland supporting
Christopher Lynagh, Athboy - a number of grandsons play with Athboy and Simonstown.
Eileen Swatman, Dunsany - the mother of former Dunsany and now Bective official
Brian Smyth, Navan - a dedicated supporter who acted as a steward at games
for many years.