SAD­NESS AT DEATH OF GAA LEG­END JOHN

COM­MU­NITY OF BLESS­ING­TON UNITED IN MOURN­ING

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

THERE is much sad­ness in West Wick­low fol­low­ing the death of well-loved lo­cal fig­ure John Magee Se­nior.

A stal­wart of Bless­ing­ton GAA, John passed away on Tues­day, March 17, fol­low­ing a long ill­ness.

Many trib­utes were paid to John by the Wick­low GAA com­mu­nity. In re­cent times, he had been club pres­i­dent and was hon­oured with life­time achieve­ment awards by the Bless­ing­ton GAA club and Wick­low GAA. He played for the club for over 20 years be­fore mov­ing to other roles in the club.

John’s funeral Mass took place on Satur­day with play­ers, sup­port­ers and the com­mu­nity lin­ing the street in line with HSE pro­to­cols to pay their re­spects to this hugely-re­spected fig­ure and his fam­ily.

WICK­LOW GAA is in mourn­ing fol­low­ing the death of John (Jack) Magee Se­nior at the age of 70.

A stal­wart of Bless­ing­ton GAA, John passed away peace­fully at Naas Gen­eral Hospi­tal on Tues­day, March 17 fol­low­ing a long ill­ness.

John played for the Bless­ing­ton GAA club for over 20 years be­fore mov­ing on to be­come a club se­lec­tor, com­mit­tee man and County Board rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

He looked af­ter open­ing and clos­ing of the astro pitch and the col­lec­tion of fees. Af­ter Barry O’Dono­van moved to Aus­tralia, John took over the book­ings and al­lo­ca­tion of slots as well. Fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of the late Mick Cur­ran, he also took over the du­ties of grounds­man. John helped Wick­low GAA by man­ning the gate, par­tic­u­larly in Aughrim with Mick Mills and Tommy Brady.

John’s deep com­mit­ment to the club saw him run the book­ings and al­lo­ca­tions of the astro pitch from his hospi­tal bed.

Shar­ing the sad news on so­cial me­dia last week, Bless­ing­ton GAA posted ‘it is with a heavy heart that we in­form you that fol­low­ing a long borne out ill­ness fought so bravely and with courage that our Club Pres­i­dent John Magee Snr has passed away last evening, March 17.

In Fe­bru­ary, Jack was pre­sented with the Mick Cur­ran Hall of Fame award at the Bless­ing­ton GAA Awards. The award was ac­cepted on John’s be­half by his wife Kath­leen and the packed room gave John a well-de­served stand­ing ova­tion.

He was also awarded a Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the Gar­den County Awards in Jan­uary.

Bless­ing­ton FC paid trib­ute on­line ‘it was with great sad­ness to hear of the pass­ing yes­ter­day of a great man in Jack Magee.

‘Jack over the past num­ber of years was our con­tact at the Astro and I can hon­estly say he was al­ways so un­der­stand­ing of our needs within the soc­cer club. If an event had to be can­celled for what­ever rea­son, Jack al­ways un­der­stood and did his best to help us resched­ule the book­ing for an­other time. A true gent and a leg­end in GAA cir­cles, Jack will be sorely missed by the lo­cal foot­balling and wider com­mu­nity.’

Wick­low Ladies GAA de­scribed him as ‘one of life’s gen­tle­men’ and sent their con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends.

On his jour­ney home last week to be waked, the cortege paid a visit to the GAA grounds where com­mit­tee mem­bers past and present, sev­eral play­ers and mem­bers all ob­serv­ing HSE pro­to­cols ap­plauded John’s life-long com­mit­ment to the GAA.

On Satur­day, play­ers, mem­bers, sup­port­ers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity lined the street from the church to the ceme­tery with lots of

John’s beloved blue and white fly­ing the grave­yard area.

John is sadly missed by his lov­ing wife Kath­leen, chil­dren Chris, Noelle, John, Paddy and Sarah, grand­chil­dren Bren­dan, Dean, Mikey, Patrick, Sean, Jordy, Caitlin, Katy May, Jamie, Conor, Rian and Rhona, great-grand­son Koa, sis­ter Theresa, daugh­ters-in-law Yvonne and Claire, sons-in-law Paddy, Bren­dan and James, sis­terin-law, brother-in-law, nieces and a large cir­cle of friends.

John’s funeral mass was held on Satur­day, fol­lowed by burial at Bur­gage Ceme­tery. May he rest in peace.

A guard of hon­our at the funeral of GAA leg­end John Magee.

A guard of hon­our at the funeral of John Magee.

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