A fond farewell to Ed­die Pow­ell

The Corkman - - SPORT -

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

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