Carthy, Brendan

Roche Emmets stalwart Brendan Carthy of Killin, Brid-a-Crin, Dundalk was a very well-known figure in Louth GAA, who contributed enormously to gaelic games in the Wee County - particularly the development of the Centre of Excellence in Darver (which he designed). Born in Mullingar in 1957, he passed away on July 21st, 2013. Brendan's family moved to Dundalk when he was a young lad and he initially played football for Dundalk Gaels before transferring to Roche Emmets. With the Gaels, he lined out at corner forward on the side beaten by Geraldines in the 1979 Louth intermediate championship final. After marrying Mary Lennon, who is part of a strong GAA family from Kilkerley (Mary is twin sister of the late Pat Lennon, who played for Louth and Leinster), Brendan emigrated to Australia, where he helped form a GAA club in the Melbourne suburb of Geelong. Upon returning to Ireland in 1989, he soon became involved with the local GAA club, with whom his sons Liam, Dermot and Conor play. Conor was also on the Louth minor team in 2013. One of the main architects behind the development of Louth GAA's Centre of Excellence in Darver, Brendan devoted immeasurable voluntary time to the project and it was a source of immense pride to him when it was opened in 2007. During four years as chairman of Louth Minor Board from 2009 until 2013, he helped introduce Og Sport Lu and oversaw the development of underage football in the county to a level not previously seen. At Brendan's funeral, guards of honour were provided by members of Roche Emmets GFC, Roche Emmets ladies, DKIT GAA club and the 2013 Louth minor footballers.

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