Sad passing of Michael Dempsey

December 04, 2017

Simonstown stand for a minutes silence for the late Michael Dempsey before the start of the Division 1 FL final last Saturday at Pairc Tailteann.

We extend our sympathies to the well-known Dempsey family following the passing of their father Michael (92) on Friday.

Along with his 12 sons, Michael has been a passionate supporter of the GAA in the Royal County and has contributed handsomely to its development.

Brendan, of course, has served as County Board chairman in the past and currently occupies the role of assistant treasurer.

Former Fianna Fail Government Minister Noel is the County Board's coaching officer and is also a driving force behind the re-development of Pairc Tailteann.

Frank, meanwhile, is highly regarded as the voice of Meath hurling on LM/FM radio.

The Dempsey brothers backboned the fine Ballivor team of the early 70's, intermediate winners over Moylagh after a replay in 71, going all the way to the senior decider of 73, narrowly losing out to O Mahonys.

In that final of 73 Michael, Brendan, Noel and Martin all started while Dermot was a panel member. An uncle Gerry Dempsey ( Michael's brother ) was also a star attacker on that team.

Meath won the Leinster minor football title in 1972 and you had the rather unusual situation of Martin Dempsey wearing the number 10 jersey and linking up with his uncle Gerry at right full. 

The Dempsey clan have also stong connections to hurling and have represented and won numerous honours with the Boardsmill, Killyon and Trim clubs. 

Michael is survived by his wife Maureen, sons Francis, Michael, Brendan, Sean, Noel, Martin, Dermot, David, Pauric, Niall, Loman and Ronan, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Johnny and Gerry, sisters Doreen and Bridgie, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

A minutes silence was observed before last Saturday's League Division One final, featuring Wolfe Tones and Simonstown, in Michael's honour.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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