Williams, William

William 'Billy' Williams, who passed away on Thursday, September 9th, 2016 at the age of 91, was a hurling legend in the Collinstown area. Billy was a well-known Rickardstown hurler in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, helping the club to Westmeath SHC titles in 1954,'59 and '63. He was a member when the club was formed during the mid-1940s and collected JHC medals in 1944 and 1950. Billy also won a senior league souvenir in 1957 and six successive Feis Cups from 1953 until 1958. The Green & White Rickardstown jersey was draped across his coffin as he made his final journey. Billy was good enough to break into the Westmeath first team in the '50s and passed his love of the ancient game on to sons William, Declan, Ciaran, Patsy and Martin, all of whom represented Lough Lene Gaels. Declan was manager of the Lough Lene Camogie Gaels Club in 2016 and two of Billy's granddaughters, Clodagh and Jemma, were on the team. At the time of his death, Billy was serving president of Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club.

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