Cavan Obituaries 2009
Jim Rogers (Belturbet)
Great sadness was caused by the passing on November 18, 2008 of Jim Rogers of
The Green, Swords, County Dublin and formerly of Deanery Street. Jim excelled
as a footballer with the local club in his youth and had a great love of sport
throughout his life.
Philip Clarke (Bailieborough)
A native of Crocknahattina, Bailieboroughs Philip Clarke passed away at
Cavan General Hospital on November 2, 2008. He was 80 years old. Known for his
tremendous love of the outdoors, Phil was a great supporter of the GAA. He was
a substitute on the Shamrocks side that collected the 1957 county SFC and encouraged
his own children to line out for the local club, always offering them plenty
of support from the sidelines. He organised many family outings to Clones and
Croke Park and was very proud of the Shamrocks club, regularly showing up at
St Annes Park and other venues further afield to lend his backing. Phil
was also a big Cavan supporter and many of his Sunday afternoons were devoted
to football affairs. Bailieborough Shamrocks GFC provided a Guard of Honour
at his removal.
Grainne Ellis (Arva)
The untimely passing of Grainne Ellis (nee Gormley) generated unbelievable shock
and sorrow in the Arva area and beyond. Originally from Gowna, Grainne was a
great supporter of the local football team and attended most matches. She was
also a founder of Arva ladies GAA club. Members of both clubs contributed to
the Guard of Honour at the removal, which had one of the largest attendances
ever seen in Arva.
Sean OHare (Butlersbridge)
Sean OHare, who lived all his 84 years in Hackelty on the shores of Annagh
lake, was one of the best-known personalities not just in Butlersbridge but
in all of Cavan. A larger-than-life man of many talents, he got involved in
football from a young age and served Butlersbridge as a player and mentor. He
began his career in the early 1940s and wore the No.3 shirt with great distinction.
He led the club to a league and championship double as manager in 1974, and
the Kildallan Tournament was also won that year. Sean remained involved with
his home club for most of his life. Guards of Honour were provided at the funeral
by Butlersbridge GFC, Annagh Lake Trout Anglers and Sinn Fein.
William Higgins (Ballinagh)
The death of William Bill Higgins of Woodlawn Park Avenue, Dublin
caused widespread sorrow and reverie in Ballinagh. From the Dublin Road, Bill
was a member of one of the areas most-respected families and was a noted
gaelic footballer who gave outstanding service to the local school and club
Patrick Sheridan (Donegal)
The late Patrick Sheridan, who was born and passed away in County Donegal, made
quite and impact on the playing fields of Cavan during his time in the Breffni
County. As there was no football team in Ballyhaise at the time, he declared
for the Cavan Slashers club whilst working at his old Agricultural College alma
mater. He was goalkeeper on the 1941 SFC-winning side. Slashers defeated Cornafean
in the final that day, a decider remembered fondly as the final of the
big wind, where neither side managed a score into the stiff breeze.
Kellie Brady (Virginia)
Much sadness was evoked by the untimely death at Louth County Hospital of Kellie
Brady, aged 39, on September 22, 2008. Formerly of Carrickeeltymore, Virginia
but resident in Dundalk for the past 21 years, Kellie was a former member of
the Maghera camogie team.
Nancy Halpin (Kilnacrott and Oldcastle)
A native of Kilnacrott, Nancy was a tireless worker behind the scenes for Oldcastle
GAA. Her husband Leo has served the north Meath club in practically every position,
including that of chairman and is one of the driving forces behind the very
successful Gerry Reilly tournament. Their son Brendan has worn the Meath jersey
at all levels.
Paddy Conaty Snr. (Cavan)
The late Paddy Conaty Snr. was one of the countys leading public representatives
for over 40 years, up until his retirement from public affairs in 1991. During
the course of his illustrious political career, Councillor Conaty was the veritable
voice of Cavan town and was a driving force in putting the area on the map.
Highly respected in the top echelons of the Fianna Fail party at national level,
he served both Cavan County Council and Cavan Urban Council for over four decades
and was also a member of the North Eastern Health Board for 15 years. Paddy
always put his community first and had a great love of the GAA, forging a particularly
strong association with the local Cavan Gaels club, which he helped conceive.
He played a key role in promoting gaelic games throughout his life, not least
through his playing days with Cavan Harps and Crubany. Paddy also represented
his beloved county at minor level and was honorary president of Cavan Gaels
GFC at the time of his death. He was instrumental in the formation of the Gaels
in 1957, when his diplomatic skills helped bring old adversaries Cavan Harps
and Slashers together. Paddy also helped secure the former Cavan Showgrounds
as the clubs home, now called Terry Coyle Park. He served the club as
chairman between 1959 and 67 and it was during this time (in 1965) that
the Gaels annexed their first county SFC. When the club celebrated its 50th
anniversary in 2007, Paddy was on the podium as both the MFC and SFC titles
were garnered. He also attended the launch of the clubs anniversary book.
Current Cavan Gaels players and officials provided a Guard of Honour at the
removal to Killygarry Cemetary.
Harry Gaffney (Ballyhaise)
Great sadness was caused by the death in a tragic accident of 93-year-old Harry
Gaffney of Gallonbawn. Harry epitomised all the things that are good about Irish
life and was strongly devoted to his farm, his family, religion and the GAA.
Brian Gallagher (Cootehill)
Cootehill lost one of its most outstanding residents with the passing of Dr
Brian Gallagher. Born in Rockcorry, Brian moved with his family to Cootehill
as a young child. He was an amazing athlete, who excelled with his beloved Cootehill
Celtic and the Cavan county team. Having served his apprenticeship at the St
Patricks College nursery (winning McRory Cup and All-Ireland inter-provincial
colleges medals in 1951, the year he sat his Leaving Certificate), Brian broke
onto the Cavan senior panel the following year and thus collected an All-Ireland
medal in 1952 as a 19-year-old. Equally at home at wing forward or midfield,
Brian alongside his brother Charlie played a leading role for
Cootehill in their Golden Era of the 1950s. Throughout that decade, he continued
to excel for the Cavan seniors as well, despite the strong demands of his studies,
which would lead to a great career as a GP in town, where he ran his practice
with consummate passion and professionalism.
Gretta Leddy (Lacken)
The sudden death at her residence of Mrs Gretta Leddy from Ardleny caused deep
shock and sadness in the local community. The epitome of a family woman, Gretta
loved gaelic football and was extremely proud of the achievements of her daughter
Catriona with the Lacken and Cavan ladies teams. Her sons Daniel and Pauric
have also given wonderful service to Lacken football club. Gretta never missed
a game and was always on hand to urge the Celtics onwards and upwards. Members
of Lacken GFC provided a Guard of Honour at the removal to St Patricks
Sean Brady (Cavan and Navan)
Sean, who hailed from Castlerahan, was a brilliant underage footballer. With
his brother Tony, a future Cavan senior player and selector, he was on the last
Breffni minor team to win a provincial title in 1974. Both Bradys lined out
in attack. Sean also played with the Meath vocational team during the early
1970s. In 1990 he purchased the popular Finnegans Pub in Ludlow Street, Navan
and quickly turned it into a haven for traditional music lovers. Sean played
with his native Castlerahan and other amalgamations in Cavan, and on arriving
in Navan became involved with the Wolfe Tones club.
Tommy Nulty (Denn)
The death of 76-year-old Mr Tommy Nulty of Denbawn effected deep regret in the
parish. Outside of his family, Tommys great love in life was football
and he excelled on the field of play with Denbawn OSullivans, Drumkilly,
Drumalee and the Harps. He retained a great love of the national game throughout
Aidan Harte (Carrigallen)
There was profound regret in Cavan when news spread of the passing in Sligo
on Tuesday September 2, 2008 of Cootehill native Aidan Harte of Carrigallen,
County Leitrim. Aidan was formerly on the teaching staff at Loreto College,
Cavan. Teaching English and History at the school for over 35 years, he was
popular with fellow teachers and students alike and he managed to marry a love
of gaelic games with his keen acumen for drama and debating.
Mollie OBrien (Cavan)
The late Mrs Mollie OBrien (nee Donohoe) of Crubany was a member of one
of Cavan towns best known sporting and political families. As a talented
camogie player from the 1930s onwards, Mollie won Ulster championship titles
with Cavan in 1941 and 42. At club level, representing Cavan Town and
Killygarry, she gained a grand total of nine county senior championships. As
a County Board member, she then helped revive the game in Cavan in later years.
Mollie was elected vice-chairperson at the inaugural camogie convention when
the sport was revived and her daughter Madeleine was chairperson of Cavan Camogie
Board at the time of writing. Football also played a big part in Mollies
life her sons played with Killygarry and her late husband Andy was a
former Ulster Council chairman and Central Council vice-president.
Katie Brady (Cavan)
The late Mrs Katie Brady (nee Fitzpatrick) was born, reared and passed away
in Killitain. Sport was her second greatest love in life after her family,
of course and Katie excelled as a camogie player. She played for Crubany,
Killygarry and Cavan with distinction, winning back-to-back Ulster championships
with the Breffni girls in the early 1940s. She supported Denn down through the
years and she and her son Sean sponsored the Fitzpatrick Cup. Denn camogie club
helped form a Guard of Honour at the removal to St Matthews Church, Crosskeys.
Shane Cahill (Denn)
Tremendous shock, grief and regret were occasioned in the parish of Denn by
the sudden, unexpected death of Shane Cahill from Drumavaddy. Only 30 years
of age at the time of his passing, Shane was an outstanding footballer who captained
the U12 team whilst still a pupil at Crosskeys NS. A great GAA supporter, he
was also a keen hunter. Guards of Honour were formed by Denn Gun Club and Denn
Terry McKiernan (Coolbawn)
The late Terry McKiernan was a highly respected member of the community and
his death following a short illness caused much sadness and sorrow. He starred
on the Cormore team that won the Cavan JFC in 1957 and later served Lacken Celtic
as chairman for three years. Both Arva and Lacken GAA clubs provided Guards
of Honour at Terrys removal and the coffin was draped in the club colours.
TP Ennis (Drumkilly)
Shockwaves went through TP Ennis native Drumkilly community following
his tragic passing shortly after arriving in Portugal on a planned holiday.
A notable historian and researcher, TPs first GAA club was Ballinagh,
for whom he was an imposing figure in the No.3 shirt. He also lined out at midfield
JP Dermody (Mullahoran)
The late JP Dermody of Lisney was a man of many talents. He was renowned as
a gifted singer and musician and was also an avid sportsman, representing the
local clubs junior team in a variety of positions.
Benny ORourke (Templeport)
Cavan native and Leitrim resident Benny ORourke passed away on Monday
June 9 2008. He was a big GAA supporter and watched with great pride as his
son Bernard played for Drumeela NS and Carrigallen in his adopted Leitrim. Back
home in his native Breffni County, Benny had lined out for the local Templeport
St Aidans team with great distinction, winning junior championship medals
in 1942 and 1968.
Eugene Farraghan (Drumgoon)
Widespread sorrow followed the passing of Eugene Sonny Farraghan
of Kespenduff, Maudabawn, a man who farmed all his life and was exceptionally
popular with his many friends and neighbours. A respected member of the community,
Sonny is remembered as a gifted footballer who lined out at centrefield for
Drumgoon for many years. He was also president of Drumgoon GAA, whose members
formed a Guard of Honour at his removal to Maudabawn Chapel.
Patrick Packie McDonald (Redhills)
The Redhills community was saddened to hear of the death on June 2 2008 of Patrick
McDonald of Mullalougher. A farmer all his life, Packie was a dependable footballer
with Redhills in his youth, excelling in their defence and giving all opponents
a torrid time even county players. He wore the club colours with distinction
and always gave as good as he got.
Denis Danny Carolan (Kingscourt/Slane)
Danny hailed from Kingscourt and played senior intercounty for his native Cavan.
A passionate GAA man, he was involved with the underage section of Slane GFC
over a 20-30 year span. Dannys sons Denis and Stephen continued the legacy.
Denis junior played for the Blues when they were in the senior ranks. Stephen
was an outstanding underage player and represented Meath at minor and under
21 level. Danny never missed an underage Slane, Meath or Cavan game.
Mary Ellen Carroll (Cavan)
Widespread sadness and regret were caused by the passing in early 2009 of popular
Cavan town resident Mary Ellen Carroll, formerly of 41 College Street. A native
of Keadue, Ballyhaise, Mary Ellen came to work and live in Cavan town in the
late 1930s. As well as being a deeply religious and family-orientated woman,
she took great pride in her native county and loved nothing better than seeing
the Breffni representative succeed on any sporting or cultural front, especially
in gaelic football. She was a staunch Cavan follower and attended alongside
her late husband Packie - many of the Breffni Blues major matches in Croke
Park in the 40s and 50s, when Cavan were a real force at national
level. Mary Ellen, who married Packie in 1941 but lost him tragically in an
accident 20 years later, was a loyal follower of the Cavan Gaels club from its
formation in 1957 and was never shy in offering a few prayers for their well-being
when the town club were in action. She was also deeply proud of the many achievements
of her son PJ at club and county levels over the years. Indeed, in tough times,
Mary Ellen had kept together her family of three boys and two girls and it is
this strength and fortitude in adversity that defines her best.
Tommy Hughes (Ballintemple)
Formerly of Mullyambly, Tommy Hughes passed away in England in January 2009
at the age of 86. In his youth, he played football with Wateraughey before emigrating
to America, and subsequently with Lacken Celtic whenever he returned on holiday.
With Lacken, he was renowned for his natural fitness and lightning speed. Members
of Lacken GFC provided a Guard of Honour at his funeral in St Michaels,
Herbie Clegg (Cootehill)
Known for his lifelong passion for Cootehill Celtic GFC and Cavan football in
general, Herbie Clegg passed away in St Lukes Hospital, Dublin on Tuesday
January 13 2009, at the age of 78. A family man who lived and worked in the
town in a variety of capacities down through the years, Herbie was involved
with Cootehill Celtic all his life. He was a distinguished player and collected
championship medals in 1953, 54 and 55 as well as a league memento
in 55. He went on to serve the club as an umpire and linesman and became
caretaker at Hugh OReilly Memorial Park after it opened in the early eighties,
always maintaining the facility in immaculate condition. He supported the Hoops
in all their matches and was always on hand with welcome words of encouragement
win, lose or draw. Members of Cootehill Celtic GFC formed Guards of Honour
at both the funeral and removal, while Herbies love of football was reflected
in some of the offerings that were made including the keys to Hugh OReilly
Park and a picture of Cavans 1928 All-Ireland final team (on which his
father, Herbie, played).
Sean F Murphy (Lavey)
The parish of Lavey and county Cavan lost one of its most distinguished sons
when Sean F Murphy passed away in Fermoy, County Cork in October 2008. He enjoyed
a distinguished career in An Garda Siochana but never forgot his roots in Lower
Lavey, where he was born in 1921. Stationed at various times in counties Mayo,
Donegal, Galway, Cork and Tipperary until his retirement in October 1984. He
served as vice-president of Fermoy GAA for ten years.
Lucy Lynch (Virginia)
Lucy Lynch, nee Brady, of Carrigabruise, Virginia, was in her 99th year when
she died peacefully in her home surrounded by her immediate family. She was
known for her love of sport and played camogie with aplomb in her youth, remaining
fit and healthy into her latter years thereafter. Lucy took great interest and
pride in her familys achievements and pursuits.
John McGauran (Bailieborough)
From 11 Twin Oaks and formerly of Ballinamoney, Bailieborough, Johnny emigrated
in the early 1950s and became a strong supporter of the local GAA in London.
When he returned to Ireland in 1965, he immersed once more in the local community
and was known for his fondness of cards and lively debates on a range of subjects
including politics and football.
Rev. John Jack Boylan (Mullahoran)
Outside of his illustrious career in the priesthood, renowned missionary Father
Jack Boylan, who passed away in Kiltegan, County Wicklow, was known far and
wide for his footballing exploits with his native Mullahoran. A star of the
Dreadnoughts golden era, Fr Jack honed his skills at St Mels College,
Longford and was wing forward on the Mullahoran side that shocked Cornafean
in the 1942 Cavan SFC final. He went on to win a total of six senior championships
and was centre forward on the Cavan team that played Cork in the 1945 All-Ireland
final, drafted in late in place of the sick Mick Higgins. Unfortunately, the
restrictions placed on clerical studies for the priesthood at the time meant
that his intercounty career was cut short, but Fr Jack who won a McKenna
Cup medal with the Breffni County will be rightly remembered as one of
Mullahorans greatest gaels. A Mullahoran jersey was presented during the
offertory procession at his funeral.
Harry Sheridan (Bailieborough)
Shock and sorrow greeted news of the tragic death in a construction site accident
of Bailieborough native Harry Sheridan in London on Wednesday December 3, 2008.
Three football jerseys were placed on the deceaseds coffin to acknowledge
his deep love of gaelic games Erne Gaels Luton, St Agnes London and Bailieborough
Shamrocks. Harry, who was 58, went to London in 1971 and was a prominent member
of the local GAA club in Luton.
Seamus Connolly (Redhills)
Seamus Connolly of Drumany was in his 86th year when he passed away on January
4 2009. Football was his first great love and he played for Redhills when they
were known as Annagh in the 1940s. He continued to support Redhills and Cavan
throughout his life and it is said that his last words were: I hope St
Peter is a fair referee.
Patsy Callery (Kilnaleck)
Patsy Callery of Drumrora was one of the GAA enthusiasts who reorganised the
Crosserlough club in the early 1950s and was secretary of the club as they recorded
their legendary seven-in-a-row. He was a great gael and proud clubman.
Eamon McGovern (Cavan)
The late Eamon McGovern of St Phelims Place in Cavan passed away following
a short illness on Monday December 22, 2008, aged 67. An exceptional defender,
Eamon was prominent on Cavan Gaels teams from the mid 60s into the early
70s. The versatile Eamon was in the half back line when the SFC was garnered
at Bailieboroughs expense in 1965. He also collected a senior league medal
three years earlier. He enjoyed a spell on the Cavan senior panel before his
GAA career was cut short by illness. Guards of Honour were provided at both
the removal and funeral by members of Cavan Gaels GFC and his former colleagues
at The Anglo-Celt, where he was employed for nearly 50 years.
Paddy Cullivan (Cavan)
Paddy Cullivan from Alacken passed away on November 5, 2008, aged 77. Paddy
was a great supporter of the GAA and he represented Killygarry at County Board
level for 25 years, making many lifelong friends. He loved Irish culture, drama
and Scor and also served as chairman of Killygarry Community Centre Committee.
He was an intrinsic part of the local community. Members of Killygarry GFC provided
a Guard of Honour at Paddys funeral.
Miceal OReilly (Mullahoran)
The sudden passing of Miceal OReilly (74) in New York emitted a deep sense
of regret in Mullahoran, Granard and further afield. Miceal was a renowned footballer
with his native Mullahoran and gave many virtuoso displays in midfield before
emigrating to England in the 1950s. He was also a formidable handballer and
a superb musician, as well as a lifelong pioneer. He married and settled in
Stoneypoint, NY, where he worked as a bus driver and raised his family.
Veronica Sharkey (Drumalee and Mullahoran)
The sudden, untimely death of Mrs Veronica Sharkey (nee Brady) in May 2008 caused
widespread sadness in Drumalee and her native Mullahoran. Veronica former
chairperson of Cavan Town Council and Cavan County Council - was a member of
a Mullahoran family steeped in GAA tradition and was a founder member of the
Mullahoran ladies football club, for whom she played in the 70s and 80s.
She was also involved in setting up the ladies organisation on a national basis.
She was a dedicated fan of the Dreadnoughts and also supported Drumalee, with
whom her husband Pat was prominent. The attendance at Veronicas funeral
included members of Mullahoran GFC, Cavan County Board and ladies football as
well as officials and members of Cavan County Council and Cavan Town Council.
Lucas OReilly (Mullahoran)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Mullahoran was packed to capacity and overflowing
with sorrow for the funeral in May 2008 of 20-year-old Lucas OReilly.
As the popular young man was laid to rest, heartbreaking scenes were witnessed
throughout the parish where he had made such a strong impression during his
short time amongst us. Guards of Honour were formed by the local Mullahoran
GFC, St Josephs hurling club, Erne Eagles Rounders and uniformed schoolchildren.
Lucas was well-known and extremely popular as an outgoing young man in the area,
where the GAA played a big part in his life. In gaelic games, he was equally
adept outfield or between the posts and he was the toast of Mullahoran one year
when he netted the wining goal in an U14 championship final.
Patrick Pobo Duffy (Shercock)
With the death of Patrick Pobo Duffy on Saturday April 19 2008,
the Shercock area said farewell to one of its most popular and respected citizens.
The shopkeeper was part and parcel of life in the town and he played football
for the local club for many years. He was a selector when Shercock won their
first-ever county JFC in 1979. Past and present members of Shercock GFC flanked
the coffin at Pobos removal.
Catherine Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Belturbet)
Kathleen Fitzpatrick (nee McDonald) moved to Creeny in 1940, having been born
in Keanny, Butlersbridge in 1917. She always had a keen interest in everything
happening locally, especially the Rory OMoores gaelic football club.
She enjoyed all the clubs endeavours and success over the years attending
matches both home and away in her younger days - and was Honorary President
at the time of her death. The club helped form a Guard of Honour at Kathleens
Aidan Galligan (Virginia and Oldcastle)
Aidan played on the Oldcastle team during the 1960s and was left full back on
the junior championship winning side of 1966. Part of a great Virginia and Cavan
GAA family, Aidans brothers lined out at senior level for the Breffni
Blues county. Aidans nephews, the Galligan brothers powered St. Ultans
to the Meath intermediate football championship last October. His son Rory is
well known in the car rallying world. Aidan also acted as secretary of the Oldcastle
Andrew Andy McGovern (Killygarry)
Genuine sadness and shock throughout the Killygarry community followed the sudden
death of Andy McGovern of Drumoghra. A devoted family man with a strong faith,
Andy was an authority on GAA matters and was a great man to remember dates,
players and results. He loved the game of gaelic football and lined out for
his beloved Killygarry in the full back line and also between the posts. He
was on the P&T side that claimed All-Ireland interfirms glory in 1973. After
hanging up his boots, he immersed himself in the promotion of the indigenous
game, particularly at underage level. He derived tremendous satisfaction from
the fact that his four sons donned the Killygarry colours and contributed so
much to the team. His friendly face at Killygarry games will be sorely missed.
Tom Cullen (Cavan)
Formerly of Gartnasilla, Tom Cullen passed away at his adopted home in Hayes,
London. A big GAA supporter, Tom never lost touch with his native sod, especially
Cavan and Killeshandra. He played football in his youth and studied the Celt
every week to see how all the teams were performing back home.
Roseanne Annie Sheils (Ballintemple)
The late Annie Sheils of Ballytrust, Loughduff was a great lady who lived a
long and happy life. A member of one of the parishs most respected families
the Reillys of Drumhowra - she was a gifted camogie player in her youth
and played many games for the Ballytrust Pearses club in Hartens field. That
team was trained by the late Brian Harry Smith and the late Mollie
Moore and it is said that Annie often bailed them out with late, late goals.
PJ Duffy (Stradone)
Great regret was occasioned by the untimely passing on January 20 2008 of 46-year-old
Garda PJ Duffy of Clifferna, Stradone and Harcourt Terrace Garda Station in
Dublin. A true ambassador for the Gardai, PJ was a GAA man through and through.
He followed the game all his life and had a particular love for his local team,
Laragh United. Playing with Laragh from a young age, he was an outstanding clubman
on the field of play and was a member of the three-in-a-row SFC-winning side
of the early 1980s. He was a former senior Player of the Year with Laragh and
the 2007 jubilee team and club officials led the clubs Guard of Honour
at his removal.
Philip Fitzsimons (Killygarry)
In April 2008, the death occurred suddenly in Waterford of former Cavan footballer
Philip Fitzsimons of Stillorgan and formerly of Pullamore near Cavan town. He
was chief executive of FBD Insurance. The Killygarry native played for the local
GFC for many years and won an intermediate championship with Killygarry in 1970.
That year, he was also on the Sarsfields (Killygarry-Butlersbridge) team that
pushed Crosserlough all the way in the senior semi-final. In 71, Sarsfields
got to the county SFC decider but were again beaten by the great Crosserlough
seven-in-a-row team. Philip was called up into the Cavan senior football panel
and served the Breffni Blues either at full back or midfield.
Very Rev. Patrick E. Canon Brady (Virginia)
A native of Templeport, Very Rev. Patrick E. Canon Brady of Knocktemple, Virginia
was the retired parish priest of Munterconnaught/Castlerahan. He was a keen
GAA enthusiast and rarely missed a club or county game. The Guard of Honour
at Very Rev. Bradys removal represented three local clubs Crosserlough,
Denn and Munterconnaught. His remains were carried by members of Crosserlough
and Munterconnaught as well as East Cavan Pioneers. He was always great company
going to and returning from GAA matches club, colleges or county and
thoroughly enjoyed his first visit to the newly-developed Croke Park. His love
of the GAA, however, paled into insignificance compared to the tremendous amount
of community work he spearheaded in his parish.
Pat McGinnell (Denn)
Pat McGinnell of Banaho was born in 1920, the third oldest of 14 children. He
worked the land all his life and was also a stalwart of Denn GFC, serving the
club as both treasurer and president. He was honorary president at the time
of his death. He rarely missed a club game and was never shy in forwarding his
opinion on how the team could be improved.