A fond farewell to Eddie Powell
THE death occurred on Friday, November 2 at Amberley Nursing Home Fermoy of Eddie Powell, Ballinamona, Mourneabbey.
The late Eddie was in his 88th year. He was a very popular member in the community being predeceased by his wife Betty. He was deeply involved in GAA and commnunity affairs locally all his life.
He was a very knowledgeable man in sport and a joy to meet. In 1955 he was captain of the very first Clyda Rovers team to win a championship when their Junior B hurlers were victorious.
He was heavily involved in juvenile affairs throughout the 70s and was well known as a Juvenile referee and also handled games at Junior level.
When Clyda Rovers won their first Divisional JAFC title in 1980 when they overcame Ballyclough in the final the late Eddie was a team mentor.
He served as Chairman Clyda Rovers GAA Club from 1981 to 1984, which covered the GAA Centenary period. He also did great work in the Community Centre over many years and was very well known in that capacity as a great fundraiser and was also caretaker.
He served as a GPC member of the Avondhu Juvenile and Adults Boards. He always fought hard for his club being a proud Clyda man. In 2005 he was presented with the ‘Hall of Fame Award’ by the Divisional Juvenile Board.
His popularity was borne out in the very large and represented attendance at O’Connell’s Funeral Home St James Avenue Mallow on Saturday evening for his funeral. There was a guard of honour by Clyda Rovers GAA members past and present as the cortege made its way to St Michael’s Church Annaleentha.
His coffin was draped with the club flag. There was also a fine attendance at the Requiem Mass and burial on Monday. Interment took place to Ballinamona Cemetery. To his sisters Joan, Mary, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends we tender our sincere sympathy.
Charleville’s Jack Buckley challenges Lixnaw’s Raymond Galvin during last weekend clash between the sides in Kerry Photo by Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus