Monaghan Obituaries 2007
Described as an absolute gentleman, Patsy was a native of Bawn. On purchasing
the Drop Inn pub in 1983, the family moved to Shercock but returned to the Carrickmacross
areas on Patsys retirement in 1997. He had a life long interest in politics
and was involved with the Corduff club.
Eugene was a native of Dromiskin, Louth and while in the Wee County, won medals
with the local St. Josephs. A member of the Garda Siochana, he played with Aughnamullen
on moving to Monaghan and won a junior championship trophy with the Lough Egish
club. Eugene also lined out with Ballybay and was deemed good enough to start
for the Monaghan senior team.
Paddy, who died after a short illness, was well known in the farming community.
He always kept a close eye on how the county footballers were progressing. Paddys
family have a long association with the Monaghan Harps club and are also involved
with the newly formed Fergal OHanlons.
Joan was the wife of Inniskeen Vice President and former playing great Larry
Meegan. Larry won senior championship medals with the Grattans during the 1940s
and also researched and wrote a considerable amount of the clubs history
book The Inniskeen Story.
Tommy Carolan (Drumboory and Cloughvalley, Carrickmacross)
Tommy had suffered ill health for the previous two years and worked as a foreman
with Shannon Homes. In his youth he was an outstanding footballer with Magheracloone
Mitchells and in later years, remained an avid supporter. Only last year Tommy,
a very popular figure in his area, received the annual Hall of Fame award from
the south Monaghan club.
Austin Carroll (Clones
and Coolshannagh, Monaghan)
Austin won a senior championship medal with his native Clones in 1943 and was
a Monaghan county senior. He later played intercounty with Louth.
An all round sportsman, the Clones native was a trustee of Monaghan United FC
and for many years acted as the clubs pro. A real leader on the sporting
field, while a boarder at St. Macartans, he captained the Monaghan school
to MacRory Cup success in 1941. Austin Carroll also played with the Ulster provincial
team. While in Louth he gained championship honours with the Old Gaels club
from Dundalk and won a junior medal while lining out for Parish Gaels in Dublin.
Coming back to live in Monaghan in 1962, Austin became active in the underage
section at Monaghan Harps and was an astute selector on the Harps minor double
winning team of 1979.
Owenie was a great lover of ceili music and dancing and was a founder member
of the Lisnagrieve Pipe Band in 1929 when he was only 12 years old. He followed
GAA activities, both locally and nationally and was a great supporter of Clontibret
Sean Brennan (Corvoy)
It is with some sadness that we relate the death of Sean Brennan, Corvoy. One
of the last founder members of the Drumhowan club, he was very influential in
bringing the Tullycorbet community into the club and served as chairman from
1956-64, a period which included the winning of the junior double in 1960. Sean
undertook other duties also, and in order to raise funds for the club, he started
the drama group which became Ballintra Players in later times, where he acted
as organiser and producer for a number of years. To another generation, Sean
- together with Harry Conlon, Seamus Duffy and John Forde - was responsible
for the establishment of Tullycorbet Sons of Erin which created a full juvenile
setup within the Drumhowan club. It is fitting that his son Anthony is now one
of the key personnel working with the under 10s and that we are now seeing Seans
grandchildren starting to play for the club. Our sympathy goes to Seans
wife Annie May, to children Mary, Anthony and Una and to all his family and
friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Patrick J. Marron
(Ballybay and England)
Patrick was buried in Bath in early May. Paul McCarthy, Paddy Kerr, Jim Kerr
and John Connolly travelled from Ballybay to represent the Pearse Brothers.
They acted as pallbearers to and from the church. The coffin was draped in the
Ballybay GFC flag and the pallbearers wore their club centenary jackets. In
a speech, Paul McCarthy recalled Patricks youth and his family in their
native town and the deceaseds involvement in sport. Patrick, better known
as the Shiner, was a member of the Double Event team
of 1966 when Pearse Brothers won the county minor championship and the Father
Maguire Cup, captained by the late Michael McArdle. Patrick also played on the
1969 senior championship team
Eric was born and reared in this south Monaghan townland. A useful footballer
in his younger days, he won a number of medals with local combinations. Eric,
who was aged 87 years of age on his death, always remained an avid Killanny
and Monaghan supporter.
Denis was a native of the Drumcliffe area of county Sligo and was a star forward
with the Yeats side during the 1970s. Sligo captured the Connacht title in 1975
(2007 was their next such victory) and Denis was a vital part of the panel and
came on as a substitute during the All-Ireland semi-final loss to Kerry. On
moving to Monaghan, Denis played his football with Monaghan Harps and was an
important member of the team that won the championship final in 1971. His duties
in the Gardai then took him to Carrickmacross where he lined out with the local
Emmets. In 1976 Denis won an intermediate championship medal with the south
county team and alongside his colleagues, gained All-Ireland Garda inter divisional
championship medals with Cavan/Monaghan in 1975, 1976 and 1977. All of these
finals were held in Croke Park. Denis also pulled on the colours of his adopted
county. He was deeply involved in the coaching of juveniles in the Carrick GAA
club and was joint manager of the Emmets minor team which swept to county honours
in 1978 and 1985. He also acted as senior manager of Carrickmacross Emmets during
the early 1980s. A very popular member of the Gardai and the local community,
Denis forte was working with young people and he was appointed Juvenile
Liaison Officer in 1981. As expected, huge crowds attended the funeral.
Felix Mullholland (Inniskeen)
Inis Caoin Cumann Luthchleas Gael (Inniskeen Grattans) and indeed Coiste Chondae
Muineachain lost one of the greatest players it has ever produced when we heard
the dreadful news of the very untimely death of Felix Mullholland, Thornfield,
Inniskeen who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident. Felix strode
the playing fields of Monaghan, Ulster and Ireland with great aplomb and humility.
There was no airs or graces about him as he just got on with his job with the
minimum of fuss. The esteem in which he was held was evidenced by the large
turn out, both at the removal of his remains and at his funeral. Our club and
indeed the entire parish of Inniskeen will be all the worse off for his absence.
We would like to offer his mother Mary and all his brothers and sisters and
their families our deepest sympathy and condolences. Ar dheis lamh De go raibh
a anam dhilis.
The death of the late Tony Loughman in his native Castleblayney cast a dark
shadow over the Gaelic football scene in Co. Monaghan and also evoked great
sadness throughout the entertainment world.
It marked the passing of an illustrious figure, whose name was synonymous, both
with the GAA scene and the bandstand glitter and razzmatazz for upwards of three
vastly changing decades, with a flashback for many top stars, especially Irish
country stars and showbands, of today and yesterday, who, thanks to Tony's touch,
have basked in the glory of the showbiz circuit in the North East region.
A legend on the GAA scene, and very proud of his deep roots with his native
Castleblayney Faughs, Tony, who was aged 64, passed away at his home after a
protracted illness, which he bore with great fortitude.
He was a member of one of Castleblayney's best known and respected families
and his death, though inevitable, still came as a very severe blow to all who
knew him and especially so, to his immediate devoted family and friends.
Tony was a man endowed with a personality which left him totally at home whether
hammering out a 'deal' in the sweltering heat of the Grand Old Oprey under the
blue Nashville sky, or arguing the 'toss' in the making of one of his 'stars'
in the comfort of an RTE production suite. And he rarely wavered when making
his point and, more importantly, he seldom lost the argument!
The tributes paid from all sides to the late Tony were but a tiny reflection
of the respect and popularity he enjoyed, not only in his native Castleblayney
but throughout Co. Monaghan and in the country at large.
Senior political figures as well as leading promoters and entertainers all made
their way to Tony's residence to offer their sympathy and pay their respects.
The funeral cortege from the family residence along the Dundalk Road to St.
Mary's Church was one of the largest seen for some time.
The Ulster Council of the GAA as well as Monaghan GAA Board and Castleblayney
Faughs GFC were all represented with former footballing comrades of Tony taking
turns as pallbearer. Several officials from the Ulster Council and Monaghan
GAA Board were in attendance including the local Ulster Council representative
Martin McAviney and GAA Board Chairman John Connolly.
Heading the list of distinguished political representatives at the funeral was
An Ceann Comhairle Dr. Rory O'Hanlon TD Carrickmacross. Other members of the
Oireachtas included TDs and members of Seanad Eireann from all over the Midlands
and southern counties.
Senior entertainment personnel from RTE, BBC Northern Ireland, and Ulster Television
were present for the Requiem Mass and funeral service on Monday.
The huge turnout of mourners completely packed St. Mary's Church.
Rev. Fr. Brian D'Arcy, the Passionist priest, a lifelong friend of Tony and
chaplain to the music world, was chief celebrant of the Requiem Mass. He was
also assisted by Rev. Fr. Pat McHugh and Rev. Fr. Seamus Whelan, who were also
close friends of the late Tony' and Rev. Fr. Kevin Duffy, C.C. 'Blayney.
During the Requiem Mass Fr. D'Arcy paid tribute to Tony and spoke fondly and
with deep emotion of their times together, up until Tony's passing.
He also extended his sincere sympathy to Tony's wife Joan, and family, sons
Declan and Anthony, and daughters Ciara and Caroline, Tony's brother Noel, his
sister Shiela, and all the grandchildren.
Fr. D'Arcy spoke of visiting Tony on the occasion of the recent death of singer
Dermot O'Brien, and he experienced a great affinity between the two, both of
whom shared a love for Gaelic football and the entertainment scene.
Fr. D'Arcy recalled how Tony had left his daily job with Roadstone Quarries
at Moraghey to get involved in the entertainment business. He then set up the
Top Rank Entertainment company at Castleblayney and got heavily involved with
the promotion of showbands and singers, bringing in a number of leading showbiz
stars to entertain at gigs here, including Dublin.
He recalled how, prior to Mr. Loughman's death, a presentation was made to Tony
in recognition of his great work for charity. It was a fitting gesture and something
that was truly deserved.
Fr. D'Arcy said Tony's life, whether with the tide, or against it, portrayed
him as having a fearless and indestructible character, and as somebody whose
role was right at the centre of everything.
After some stormy trips through the sea of life, they were now sure, he said,
that Tony was at home with God, and also with his loved family members, including
his daughter Adele, who had predeceased him, enjoying his biggest gig of all.
The Readings during the Requiem Mass were by Ms. Mairead McGuinness and Ms.
The gifts were presented by Pat McDonald, Dorothy Duffy, Aaron McNamara, Odhran
Kieran, Denise Gray, and Anthony Harte. The Responsorial Psalm was recited by
Throughout the Requiem Mass and funeral service, there were beautiful renditions
from Philomena Begley, Ronnie Duffy, US country Singer, Dee Reilly, Paddy Cole,
and Owenie Smith, (organ).
After the prayers at the graveside, Tony's veteran Blayney Faughs' GAA associate
and life-long friend, Liam McGrath paid a further glowing tribute to the deceased.
He said that eight short years ago he had also stood at the grave of the late
Tony's loyal friend and right-hand man, Dickie Sullivan, and recalled how he
then never thought he would have been speaking at Dickie's funeral.
The same sentiments assailed him once again at Tony's funeral, making a sorrowful
and difficult task almost unbearable.
He said they were bidding farewell to a man who had become a legend in his own
lifetime. He described Tony as a 'warrior bold' from the Faughs' star-studded
stable and a self-made larger-than-life impresario who abandoned the safety
and security of a solid nine-to-six job to gatecrash the showband scene with
spectacular success against all odds and forecasts, proving the doubting Thomas's
of that era wrong.
He continued: "Tony's life in the fast-lane became a roller-coaster of
ups and downs; fortunes made and fortunes lost; all without batting an eyelid".
"He had this remarkable resilience, the ability to bounce back and never
take 'no' for an answer."
Mr McGrath described the late Mr Loughman as a charismatic figure, who was controversial
and thrived on controversy and confrontation.
"At full speed the sparks simply flew off a man charged with much energy,
determination, and independence of mind and sprit."
Mr McGrath said the showbiz industry for which Tony had done so much to promote,
did not forget or forsake him, when he was stricken. He recalled there was a
great groundswell of support for Tony's recent 'last gig' , for a cause dear
to his heart...ironically, to raise money for cancer support and research.
It was Tony's last hurrah, fittingly on his home ground in historic Hope Castle
and showing tremendous will power, he made a fleeting appearance to take the
plaudits of the crowd for the last time, said Mr McGrath.
Mr McGrath said Tony later quietly remarked to his lifelong friend, Pat McDonald,
who drove him home,how he 'went out on a high!'
In conclusion, Mr McGrath recalled Tony's footballing performances in the green
and gold Faughs' colours. He said it was Tony who persuaded him to come back
and 'take over the club' which he had not regretted.
"We scaled the heights of success together. He broke every rule in the
book and indeed some that were not in the book, as fame and fortune enveloped
him, but truly, his like will not be seen again".
Mr McGrath ended his tribute by quoting the poet, Thomas Davis, whose words,
he said, urged them always to remember people like Tony Loughman with pride.
He added "Slan agus Beannacht Tony a mhic ... may God be with you".
Courtesy of the Northern Standard.
The Gaels of Toome and Monaghan were deeply saddened to learn of the death of
Brian Ruddy who passed away on 16th July 2007 after a lengthy illness.
Brian was born and lived all his life on the family farm in Coolskeagh and like
many men of his era he devoted his working life to the farm.
His love of the land soon extended to the football field, and Brian played with
the Toome club from 1960 until 1975 when he was part of the Intermediate double-winning
While he was small in stature, he was big in heart and presence, and was marked
as a leader of men from an early age. When his playing days were finished he
turned his attention to the administration side and served the club in various
posts. In 1984, as Club Chairman along with Paddy Buggy, then GAA President
he turned the sod to commence the building of the Toome complex. At the time
of his passing Brian was Club Vice Chairman as well as County Committee delegate,
a role he assumed when his lifelong friend Patsy Lambe took ill last year.
He also served for a time as senior team manager and always took a particular
interest in underage football.
Despite his illness he attended the Toome v. Fergal OHanlons JFC game
on Sunday 1st July, and attended the June Co Board meeting, continuing his commitment
to his club until the end. He served as Leas Cathaoirleach of Bord na nOg during
the 1990s and diffused many a serious debate with his remarkable wit.
Brian was deeply committed to the local community and was an active member of
the Irish Farmers Association, having been to the forefront of many campaigns
in the 60s and 70s where he avidly campaigned for better prices
and rights for his chosen walk of life.
He was also a member of Macra na Feirme and enjoyed the debating competitions
immensely, where he was renowned for his dry wit and intelligent contributions,
and he once appeared on TV, representing his beloved Co Monaghan in a quiz programme.
A loyal Monaghan supporter he found time to advise Seamus McEnaney the day before
the Ulster final, and will surely be watching from above as they take the field
for future encounters.
As well as being a great community man Brian was also a deeply committed family-man.
His family can take great comfort from the rewarding life, the many friendships
he made and from the high esteem in which he was held far and wide. He greatly
looked forward to his daughter Louises marriage to PJ Kelly, and was no
doubt with them in spirit.
To his wife Bernie, son Edward, daughters Sarah, Louise, Ciara and Sheen, Son
and Daughter-in-law and grandchildren we extend our deepest sympathy.
Go ndeana Dia Trocaire ar a anam.
Courtesy of the Northern Standard
(Market Square, Castleblayney)
Jack Burns, the last surviving member of the 1938 Monaghan Ulster Senior Football
Championship winning team, died on 14th August 2007.
Born in Castleblayney in 1911, he celebrated his 96th birthday last May.
He was a gifted footballer with a distinguished career for both Castleblayney
Faughs and Monaghan.
He first played with Monaghan Senior footballers in 1934. That year he was part
of the Monaghan team that won the Dr McKenna Cup. Jack lined out at full forward
on a team which boasted the inclusion of no less than eight Faughs men.
He was to wait until 1938 to win his next inter county medal when he assisted
Monaghan in winning the Anglo Celt Cup.
Jack was selected to play against Galway in the All Ireland Semi Final but the
news of his fathers death that morning prevented him from doing so. Peter
Mc Gowan Finnegan also missed that game through injury. The general
opinion at that time was that if both had been playing then Monaghan would have
beaten Galway that day.
He also had an illustrious playing career with Castleblayney Faughs. Jack first
played with the Faughs in 1929. From then up to 1941 he won (and ususally playing
in his favourite number 14 jersey) eight senior football championship medals.
The winning years were 1931, 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 40 and 1941. Added to his Championship
souvenirs were Owen Ward Cup Medals in 1931, 38, 39 and 1941.
He served as Club Treasurer in the 1940s and was Club President since
1985 and he was inducted into the Monaghan GAA Hall of Fame in 1985. Jack Burns
had a great memory for players, games and dates and could be relied upon for
accurate information. His earliest recollection of attending a game was in 1916.
That particular game saw Castleblayney and Aughnamullen clash in the Senior
Football Championship. He could recall that he had an uncle playing on each
John Loughman, Billy Mason, Jimmy Duffy, Eddie OConnor, Pat Hughes and
Christy Fisher are some of the players he listed as the greatest he played with.
Christy Fisher was best man for Jack Burns at his wedding in 1949. On the intercounty
scene he would name Jim Smith (Cavan) as the best intercounty player he played
against. When asked about the best player in a Monaghan shirt he had no hesitation
in naming Nudie Hughes .
A life time supporter of Castleblayney Faughs, nothing gave him greater pleasure
than to see the American Cup or the Mick Duffy Cup brought back to Castleblayney
on County Final day.
Castleblayney Faughs GAA
Phil ODonoghue (Aghabog)
With the news of the passing of the late Phil ODonoghue, Aghabog, Monaghan
has lost its only surviving link with the county minor team of 1939 that
reached the final of the All-ireland minor football championship, only to lose
by two points to Roscommon.
Phil captained the team from the full back position and by all accounts was
a great exponent of the qualities needed for that most important position in
the game back then.
A native of Aghabog, Phil first came to prominence as a 13-year-old when he
helped Monaghan CBS to a then sensational victory over St Patricks College
Cavan, in the Ulster Colleges competition in 1934.
He went on to win a Dr.Ward Cup medal with Aghabog in 1936 at the tender age
of 15 years and as a 17-year-old he was playing senior football with Monaghan.
Phil was a member of the county senior team panel in 1938 but had the misfortune
of suffering a broken leg in a Dr.McKenna Cup game which resulted in him missing
out on an Ulster senior championship medal that year.
During the war years Phil was based in Drogheda and threw in his lot with the
Oliver Plunketts club with whom he won Louth County Board honours. After the
war Phil was recalled to the county senior panel and remembered playing against
Fermanagh in 1946. Thereafter work commitments and a move to Dublin as well
as marriage took precedence in his life. He later moved back to Aghabog where
he ran the local post office and shop with his wife Mona.
Aghabog club members along with County Board officers formed a guard of honour
at the removal of his remains from his residence with the coffin draped in the
There was a large and representative attendance at his funeral Mass which was
celebrated by his nephew Fr. Terry McElvaney. Tributes were paid to him not
only as a footballer but as a very committed worker and a dedicated family man.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Packie Brannigan (Annyalla)
It is with deep regret that we record the death of Packie Brannigan, Annagh,
Annyalla which occurred on Tuesday 30th January 2007 peacefully at Monaghan
general Hospital, surrounded by his family at the age of 97.
Packie was the last surviving member of a family of four brothers and one sister.
He was a very quiet, easy going gentleman who was highly respected throughout
Packie was a founder member of Cremartin GFC in 1934 and was a member of the
1938 Dr. Ward Cup winning team where he was a very talented footballer. He received
the Hall of Fame Award in 1992.
He continued as a very loyal GAA Cremartin Supporter even to the very end. When
he wasn't at the match, he made sure he knew the result. His two sons Gerry
and Aiden followed in his footsteps to be talented footballers as indeed all
his nephews were also gifted footballers. He could hold his own in any debate
in the political field and he also was a very gifted tradesman. As Fr. Mc Donnell
stated in his homily Packie had witnessed many changes in the history of the
country and praised his kindness and goodness and added that he was an example
for others to follow.
Packie was very well cared for by his wife Ita and loving family. He was deeply
saddened just over a year ago at the sad loss of his loving daughter Bridie
Farnan. It was very evident by the popularity of the family by the large number
of people who visited the family home and who attended the Requiem Mass.
His funeral took place to St Michaels Church, Annyalla on Thursday 1st
February where his remains were received by Fr. Paudge McDonnell PP. There was
a guard of honour by Cremartin GFC. Mass was concelebrated by Fr. McDonnell
PP and Monsignor Macartan McQuaid PP Clones. The liturgy readers were Sinead
Farnan and Emma Brannigan (grand-daughters). Deepest sympathy is extended to
his wife Ita, sons Gerry (Lismaguniston), Aidan (Annagh), Daughters Mrs Pamela
Kenny (Ashbourne) and Mrs Rita McQuaid (Moybridge), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law,
nephews, nieces, grandchildren and to all the rest of the extended family circle.
Cremartin GFC held a special meeting to pass a vote of sympathy to his wife
Ita and to all the Brannigan family on his death.
Courtesy of the Northern Standard
The death has taken place of well known local farmer Jemmy McCahey of Tonaneave,
Maghercloone. He had been in ill health for some time. Jemmy, was a devoted
family man whose passing brought great sadness to all who knew him. He was born
in Drumbrone, Magheracloone and was educated firstly at Ballynagearn National
School before attending the Patrician High School in Carrickmacross.
During his school years Jemmy started his farming career as a farmhand with
local farmers mainly in the Greaghlone area. After his marriage he moved to
Tonaneave and commenced full-time farming along with his wife Bridgie.
Jemmy had many interests. He was a lifelong supporter of Magheracloone Mitchels
GFC with whom he played football in his youth. Always dedicated to the club,
he went on to become Club secretary, a position he held for over 15 years. Jemmy
was also a fluent Irish speaker all his life and always took pride in writing
out the various Mitchels team sheets as Gaeilge. He was the proud recipient
of the Magheracloone Mitchels Hall of Fame Award in 1998.
Jemmy was 79 and is survived by his wife Bridgie; by his sons PJ, John, Pat,
Declan, Oliver and Vincent, all Magheracloone, Jimmy, Killanny and Brendan,
Shercock; by his daughters Dymphna, Bridget, Angela and Theresa, all Magheracloone
and Mary, Kingscourt; by his sisters Kathleen, Dublin and Bridie, Carrick; by
his sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces,
relatives and many friends.
Courtesy of the Dundalk Democrat
The year gone saw the passing of one of the legends of Gaelic games in Monaghan
and Clontibret, Joe Smyth died peacefully in Cavan General Hospital.
Joe was born into a strong GAA family. His father Ned was the first Secretary
and Captain of Clontibret ONeills on the formation of the club in 1910.
His brothers Tommy and Eamonn featured on Clontibret, Cremartin and Tassan teams
of the 1930s and when, in 1946, the Clontibret ONeills were reformed
after the Emergency Years, Joe and Eamonn were to the fore. Joe quickly emerged
as a talented and especially gifted player, excelling at the high catch and
he made the no 11 slot his own at both club and also at county level.
Honours were quick to come too. In 1947 Clontibret won the Junior Championship
title and thus gained promotion to Senior ranks, a mere two years after the
clubs re-formation. The year 1949 ushered in an era in the history of
the club that is recalled to this day as Clontibret were to win a total of four
Senior Championship titles back to back between the years 1949 and 1952. Joe
Smyth played such a pivotal role in these years that it was natural that he
was picked on the County teams of those years.
Joe's playing career stretched from 1947 until 1973. During that time he won
no fewer than eight Monaghan Senior Football Championship medals, three Senior
Hurling medals and a Junior Football Medal with Clontibret. He won his last
senior championship medal in 1968 when he was 42 years old, playing a vital
part in the victory by giving the final pass to Sean Woods for the goal that
beat Scotstown. He played at midfield on the Monaghan team that was defeated
narrowly by Cavan in the Ulster Final of 1952, Cavan going on to win the All-Ireland
that year. He was the holder of several Dr McKenna Cup and Lagan Cup medals
as well as numerous Owen Ward and Fr Hackett Cup honours.
In addition to his record on the field, Joe always provided a helping hand in
off-the-field activities at club and community level. A farmer and postman by
occupation, he loved Irish music and was a founder member of the St Marys
Accordion Band in Clontibret. He took great pride in the achievements and the
progressive attitude of the Contibret ONeills club and was looked
up to by all the players who came after him.
His funeral to St Marys Church Clontibret was largely attended. His coffin
was draped in the Clontibret colours of saffron and white and it bore the No
11 Jersey which Joe wore with such distinction for so many years. A guard of
honour was formed by members of the Clontibret and Monaghan teams of those years
and some from other counties with which Monaghan did battle during Joes
He is survived by his sisters Mary Smyth (Clontibret) and Carmel Carville (Annyalla),
his brother-in-law Arthur Carville, his nephew and nieces. Ar dheis De go raibh
a anam Dilis.
Courtesy of the Northern Standard
Willie and Cassie Connolly
With the death of Willie Connolly in the early hours of Sunday morning, December
2nd the Connolly family of Cloniston, Clones were suffering their third bereavement
this year. It was only three short months previous that the late Cassie Connolly
was laid to rest and to have to go through the loss of a second parent in such
short time was very difficult. The late Cassie Connolly (nee McQuillan) passed
to her eternal reward on August 27th.
Her passing in her 76th year evoked widespread regret as she was held in very
high esteem in the area and the large and representative attendance at the removal
of her remains and funeral Mass was testament to that. In a moving homily tributes
were paid to Cassie for her kind and gentle nature, for her concern for others
and for the warm welcoming atmosphere she created in the family home.
Her husband the late Willie Connolly was in his early 80s when he passed away
quite suddenly on December 2nd just three months after the death of his beloved
wife. A devoted husband and father he was a former member of the outdoor staff
of Monaghan County Council. In a large and representative attendance at the
removal of his remains and funeral Mass on Tuesday morning, December 4th in
St Mary's Church, the Connons, members of the Currin club, officers of Monaghan
County Board and former work colleagues formed a guard of honour as his remains
were carried into the church. Prior to the start of the concelebrated Requiem
Mass a number of symbolic gifts were carried to the altar, items that reflected
important things in his life. They represented his great love for his family,
his love of community, especially the Currin club and his love of hunting and
nature. Later during the homily tributes were paid to the late Willie for his
Christian approach to life and for his generosity in everything he did. Willie
and Cassie Connolly were a devoted couple and their passing will leave a major
void in the family circle. Willie and Cassie are, of course, the parents of
our present County Chairman John Connolly.
Ar dheis De go raibh a nanamnacha.
The Connolly family of Cloniston, Clones and the McQuillan family of Scotshouse
suffered their first bereavement of the year with the death of the late Packie
McQuillan in Glasgow in the early months of 2007. Packie emigrated to Scotland
with his wife Margaret (nee Treanor from Carrickroe) where they reared their
family of two girls and one boy. Packies wish though was that he be laid
to rest in his native Connons church yard and his wishes were carried out with
a packed church hearing in the homily during Requiem Mass for his love of his
native place. Packie is survived by his wife Margaret, his two daughters, his
son, sons and daughter in law and his beloved grandchildren. Go ndeanfaidh Dia
trocaire ar a anam.
Pat Dooley (Killanny).
There was a large and representative attendance at the removal of the remains
and the Requiem Mass for the late Pat Dooley, Killany on Sunday November 25th
last. Pat, who was in his early nineties and a native of Killanny, passed away
peacefully. While Pat himself did not represent the Killanny club his family
have all been involved in GAA activity at various levels. His son, Seamus, who
emigrated to New York in the late seventies has been involved in administration
at various levels there and is currently the President of the New York GAA Board.
Members of the Killanny club formed a guard of honour with the GAA at national
level represented by Uachtaran, Nicky Brennan and the new Ard Stiurthoir, Paraic
Duffy. Aogan Farrell represented the Ulster Council and Monaghan County Board
was represented by Liam Stirrat. Pat is survived by his wife Cait, their eleven
children and numerous grand children. Go ndeanfaidh Dia trocaire ar a anam.
Seamus Finnegan (Clontibret)
Clontibret ONeills lost a club stalwart with the passing of Seamus Finnegan,
Aughnameal, in 2007. Seamus and his wife Tessie were very much to the fore in
less fruitful times through the 1970s and 1980s. Seamus did a lot
of unseen and less glamorous grafting behind the scenes and away from the limelight.
Every club has at least one Seamus Finnegan. He set a great standard in the
maintenance of the club grounds during his period as grounds caretaker, a standard
which has been maintained by his successors through to the present.
His work with underage teams over a period of years helped lay the foundations
for our present structures which are maintaining a source of players for the
future. He had a particular interest in recent times in his own grandchildren
who are active members of the clubs underage teams and they will miss
his input. Seamus was a valuable helper in the preparation work for the dance
carnivals which were held annually in Geoghegans field. The Finnegan household
also volunteered to maintain the club jerseys, a big undertaking which was much
appreciated by the players and club management.
At a time of success such as the club is experiencing now it is important to
reflect on the contribution of those who helped to lay the groundwork.
Joe Brady (Clontibret)
News of the sudden passing of Joe Brady, Bryanlitter, cast a pall of gloom over
the entire Clontibret community on Saturday 3rd March last. Everybody knew Joe
for his mischievous laugh, his wry greetings and witty comments and Joe knew
everybody. Joe lived within sight of the field and clubrooms and he kept a watchful
eye over everything, whether it was closing a gate left open or taking down
a flag. He carried out the jobs that nobody else saw. His sudden passing that
Saturday morning was all the more poignant as it was on the day of one of the
clubs greatest ever nights of celebration - to honour the county champions
of 2006 which had been co managed by his nephew Damien. In this fast moving
modern age we are steadily losing the characters that helped shape the image
of our communities, Joe was one of the old stock and one of the best!
Hughie left Castleblayney and married an Enniscorthy lady, Breda OConnor.
He was one of the founder members of the St. Aidans Club which won 9 Senior
Hurling Championships in Wexford, in the late 50s early 60s. Hughie
was an Honorary President of Castleblayney Hurling Club. He was always a loyal
servant to the Club.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.
Castleblayney Hurling Club
Father of well known hurling man, Jarlath Denny, Martin came to this area with
his brother Paddy in 1949. They were working for their uncle Johnny Leahy
Builders. They came from the now famous village of Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
(John Leahys club). They played hurling for Castleblayney and the county
with distinction, winning 4 Championships in 1955, 1957, 58 and 62. They also
won 2 mid-Ulster Leagues in 1958 and 59. Martin was a great character who was
also a keen golfer and will be sorely missed by his family: Eleanor, Ann, Jarlath
and Gerard, and all his friends in Castleblayney and Mullinahone.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.
Castleblayney Hurling Club
Brian 'Barney' Tumelty
Barney was known as an absolute gentleman who enjoyed a great sense of humour.
A publican by trade, he was a notable footballer with his native Magheracloone
in his youth and later on with the Louth club, Geraldines. He maintained this
keen interest in Gaelic games throughout his life.
Charlie was born in Scotland and came to live in Magheracloone as a three year
old. He donned the Mitchells jersey and remained a big GAA supporter.
Con 'Rummy' Ward
(Donaghmoyne and Carrickmacross)
Originally form Lurganboys, Donaghmoyne, Con came to live in Killanny. A passionate
devotee of the Monaghan county footballers, he followed them the length and
breadth of Ireland.
Charlie, who died in May, was one of Emyvale's most ardent followers. Two of
his grandsons, Niall and Declan Callery are currently members of the Emyvale
John J. Kelly (Corraclare)
John J. who died in late November was one of the last surviving members of the
great Emyvale team that won the County Junior final for the first time in 1945/'46.
Annie Kelly, nee McCarey
Annie died in mid-November. She was the mother of former Monaghan County player
and club star Raymond Kelly. Raymond has managed at underage level for Emyvale
and the club fittingly displayed a Guard of Honour at Annes funeral at St. Patricks
Blackhill GFC would like to extend their sympathies to the families of the
Joan was from Dingle, County Kerry and was the mother of club Chairman John
Michael was the father of club Treasurer Bridie McEnaney.
Gerry played junior football with the club from the mid-1970's up to the early-1980's.
Jack along with his brother was joint Club Person of the Year in 2006. He had
generously donated land to the club for redevelopment.
Barney's son Johnny was a former player with the club while his son-in-law Macartan
Malone also played and acted as club Secretary.
Canon Padraig O Raghallaigh
Cannon Padraig was a very popular Parish Priest of Killanny from September 1988
until his untimely passing in March of this year. A native of County Cavan he
had a strong interest in everything Irish and in particular the GAA. He was
President of Killanny Geraldines throughout his time in Killanny and his good
humour and friendliness are sorely missed.
Donaghmoyne GFC would like to pass on their sincerest sympathies to the families
of the following:
Mays son Martin is a player with the club.
Patricia was the sister of former County star Gene Finnegan.
Kathleen McGowan Finnegan
Kathleen was the wife of former Donaghmoyne and Monaghan great Peter McGowan
Marion was the sister of 2007 club Chairman Gerry McDonald. Gerry also acts
as County Board representative for the club.
May was the sister of former Monaghan stars Tom and Joe McCourt.
From one of the best-known families in the area, Anne, who died in tragic circumstances,
was the mother of Niall and Ciaran Donaghy who both play with the Pearse Brothers
club. Her brothers Gerry and Ciaran 'Jap Finlay have both represented
their club and county with pride and of course Anne was also the aunt of present
Monaghan hero Paul Finlay.
The Aghabog club would like to extend their sympathy to the families of the
Bridget was entering her 102nd year. She was the mother of Paddy and Michael
Greenan and the grandmother of Paul, Fergal and Jenny Greenan, a family who
have provided the club with terrific service.
Colm was the brother of past player Oliver Gavan and the uncle of present player
Mary was the mother of former Aghabog players Jerome, Patsy and Andy Mannering.
Andy is a current committee member of the club.
Sean, who was killed earlier in the year was the father of Donaghmoyne Under-12
star Johnny Burgess.
Finbar Murray (Scotstown)
Finbar acted as a juvenile coach with Scotstown and was an avid, life-long supporter
of the club.
Paddy who passed away in August was a former Chairman of both the Scotstown
club and the Monaghan Minor Board. He managed the victorious Scotstown Minor
Championship winning team of 1976. Paddy was very much involved in all aspects
of the club for many years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
The Magheracloone Mitchells club was saddened by the passing during the year
of Jim Kierans from Derrynacagh. He was a keen supporter of the local Mitchells.
Jim's son James played for Magheracloone for years and acted as a selector on
the senior football championship winning team.
Magheracloone Mitchells GFC
Monaghan Harps Club committee and membership convey deepest sympathy to the
Keenan Family Knockaconny on the death of Tim Keenan. The late Tim made a significant
contribution to the clubs juvenile structure in the seventies. With his
good friends and colleagues Harry Hughes, Hugh Ward and the late Patsy Forde
they managed and coached a Monaghan Harps juvenile team from Under 12 to Under
16. Their dedication to the young players under their guidance and direction,
was reflected in remarkable success in winning the Coyle Cup (Under 12) in 1976,
the Kilpatrick Cup (Under 13) in 1977, the Mason Cup (Under 14) in '78 and the
Clancy Cup (Under 15) in '79. Tim was a native of Augher, Co Tyrone and was
a staunch supporter of his native county. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Monaghan Harps GAA
Tommy would have been 90 last June. Originally from Carrick, he never forgot
his Monaghan roots. He remained a huge GAA supporter and travelled far and wide
following his native county.
In January of this year Oliver Connolly, one of our former players, passed away.
Oliver played for the club during the late sixties and early seventies before
he emigrated to London. His untimely death was a shock to all in the area. The
club would like to extend sympathy to his brothers Anthony and Alexis and also
to any other member who lost loved ones during 2007.