LATE SHEA­MUS HOWLIN WAS 'GREAT FRIEND OF GAA'

MUCH SAD­NESS AT DEATH OF SHEA­MUS HOWLIN

Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By BREN­DAN KEANE

THE Pres­i­dent of the GAA, John Ho­ran, is ex­pected to be among the mourn­ers who will gather in Pierces­town at 12 noon to­day for the fu­neral of Shea­mus Howlin who passed away at the week­end fol­low­ing a long ill­ness.

Mr Ho­ran has al­ready paid trib­ute to Mr Howlin, on be­half of the GAA, in recog­ni­tion of his life-long as­so­ci­a­tion with and in­volve­ment in Gaelic games.

Mr Howlin, who was syn­ony­mous with the St Martin’s GAA club, was heav­ily in­volved with the GAA at re­gional and na­tional level and was a for­mer Chair­per­son of the Le­in­ster Coun­cil.

In his trib­ute Mr Ho­ran ac­knowl­edged the fact that Mr Howlin was a key fig­ure in de­vel­op­ing and sup­port­ing the growth of the GAA over­seas and said that hav­ing served on na­tional com­mit­tees his ex­pe­ri­ence was ‘in­valu­able’.

Ex­press­ing deep­est sym­pa­thies to Mr Howlin’s fam­ily the GAA Pres­i­dent said the Wex­ford man had given ‘a life-long con­tri­bu­tion to the GAA’ at club, county, pro­vin­cial and na­tional level.

De­spite his in­volve­ment na­tion­ally and the im­por­tant in­flu­ence he had on en­hanc­ing and de­vel­op­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion across the coun­try Mr Howlin’s first love within Gaelic games was his own club St Martin’s.

‘The GAA has lost a great friend and a great leader,’ said Mr Ho­ran.

‘Over a dis­tin­guished life­time of un­selfish ser­vice, Shea­mus epit­o­mised ev­ery­thing good about the as­so­ci­a­tion,’ he added.

Mr Ho­ran said Mr Howlin also epit­o­mised ev­ery­thing pos­i­tive and good ‘about mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion that would al­ways be for the bet­ter­ment of the GAA and for the ben­e­fit of many’.

‘His en­ergy, his work rate, and above all, his pos­i­tive per­son­al­ity and abil­ity to get on with peo­ple and bring them to­gether made him a hugely pop­u­lar fig­ure through­out the GAA,’ said Mr Ho­ran.

‘He was fiercely proud of his club St Martin’s and of his county, Wex­ford,’ he added.

Hav­ing out­lined the im­por­tance of his roles at na­tional level Mr Ho­ran said Mr Howlin dis­played great courage over the last cou­ple of years as his health be­gan to de­cline.

‘He showed re­mark­able courage and grace through­out his battle with ill­ness when he con­tin­ued to at­tend meet­ings and matches as much as pos­si­ble,’ said Mr Ho­ran.

‘His loss will be felt by many and we send our deep­est con­do­lences to his wife Vera and fam­ily and to his wide cir­cle of friends at home and abroad,’ he added.

Mr Howlin, from Rath­mack­nee, passed away on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, fol­low­ing a long ill­ness. His re­quiem mass will be cel­e­brated in St Martin’s Church, Pierces­town, at 12 noon to­day fol­lowed by burial in the ad­join­ing ceme­tery.

Mr Howlin is sur­vived by his wife, Vera, sons, Gavin, Donal and Derek, brother, Eileen, daugh­ters-in-law, Lisa and Claire, grand­chil­dren, niece, neph­ews and ex­tended fam­ily.

The late Shea­mus Howlin.

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