21 July 2006
The late James Reilly
It was with great sadness and regret we learned of the death of one of our elder citizens James (Jimmy) Reilly, Aughanoran, Dring. Predeceased by his wife Margaret (Maggie) in 1989 and the late Jimmy was aged 86.
His jovial and gentle manner endeared him to young and old.
One of our greatest GAA players ever to grace the field of play Jimmy held the proud distinction of leading St Columbas to their first senior championship win in 1948. He was also a member of the Longford minor team in 1938 which brought the country its first Leinster title. His grandnephew Shane Mulligan played his part when the county achieved the same goal in 2002. In the glory days of the forties with his late brother Frank he played a major part in the clubs achievements. In that era two senior championships, seven Leader cups and various tournaments were captured by the men in Maroon and White.
His talent and ability did not go unnoticed by the selectors with the county senior team. Unfortunately this was a lean period of the Blue and Gold and achievements were few. Having a keen interest in politics he was a member of Longford County Council from 1974 to 1985.
A member of Fine Gael and an able speaker and representative he served this area well. His remains were removed to St Columbas Church where they were received by his brother-in-law Fr Peter Beglan PP and Fr PJ Fitzpatrick PP Loch Gowna. A guard of honour was formed by members of St Columbas GFC.
Funeral followed Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr Peter Begaln assisted by Fr Fitzpatrick, Canon Frank Kelly PP, Granard and Fr Coleman Carrigy.
As his remains were removed from the church they were met by a guard of honour by members of Fine Gael and St Columbas GFC who walked alongside the hearse to the local cemetery. Both were representative of all sections of the community who came to pay their final farewell.
Among the large attendance on both occasions were comrades from GAA and political circles. He is survived by his sisters Molly Mulligan, Cloonagh and Una Finnegan, Granard, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces to whom our sympathy is extended.
May he rest in peace.
Courtesy of The Longford Leader
21 July 2006