Kil­bride ‘leg­end of GAA’ will be greatly missed


Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

A ‘ LEG­END’ of West Wick­low GAA will be laid to rest to­day.

Seán Duffy from Old­court, Manor Kil­bride was widely known through­out the district through his in­volve­ment with the GAA in Kil­bride and St Brid­get’s.

Aged 79, Seán sadly passed away on Mon­day fol­low­ing a bat­tle with Alzheimer’s and was pre­vi­ously a pa­tient in Balt­in­glass Hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to Kil­bride GAA club sec­re­tary Diar­muid Haugh­ian, Seán’s sta­tus is well known to all who moved in lo­cal GAA cir­cles, and the word ‘ leg­end’ is en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate.

‘Seán was a Gael who will be dearly missed by all and fondly re­mem­bered. His ded­i­ca­tion to his beloved Kil­bride club, St Brid­get’s, the GAA and the wider com­mu­nity held no bounds and his self­less ded­i­ca­tion to the GAA will never be for­got­ten. He will be dearly missed and fondly re­mem­bered by his fam­ily, friends and the wider GAA com­mu­nity,’ he said.

Upon his pass­ing, mem­o­ries were evoked of Seán’s fa­mous Green Re­nault which car­ried young lads from Old­court, Kil­bride and Bless­ing­ton through­out Wick­low and be­yond - al­ways with Sta­tus Quo’s great­est hits play­ing in the cas­sette deck.

Seán was ded­i­cated to the Ju­ve­niles in Kil­bride and Bless­ing­ton. His love for the as­so­ci­a­tion was in­fec­tious and it all started way back in the 50’s and 60’s with Kil­bride.

Seán won two Se­nior Cham­pi­onships in 62 and 68, a Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in 58, in­clud­ing the Dunne Cup and count­less tour­na­ments through­out his play­ing days.

He was heav­ily in­volved in ad­min­is­tra­tion and moved into Ju­ve­nile coach­ing with St Brid­get’s where he served as Man­ager for count­less teams through­out the decades.

In 2007, Seán was a se­lec­tor that won the Ju­nior cham­pi­onship with Kil­bride, with Seán’s Nephew Paul play­ing in mid­field. Seán was also a great man for the horses and his beloved As­ton Villa, but his true call­ing was that fa­mous blue jersey of Kil­bride and the GAA.

Fu­neral Mass for Seán will take place to­day, Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St Brigid’s Church, Manor Kil­bride fol­lowed by burial after­wards in Kil­bride Ceme­tery.

He is sur­vived and sadly missed by his broth­ers Liam and Shay, sis­ters-in-law Teresa and Eileen, nieces, neph­ews, good friends the Be­han Fam­ily, ex­tended fam­ily, rel­a­tives and friends.

The late Seán Duffy.

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