The sudden passing of Ballinagore's Jim Mahon on December 8th caused widespread shock in local GAA circles.
Aged just 52, Jim lived in Mullingar for a number of years, but he remained Ballinagore to the core and managed the club last year when they defeated Mullingar Shamrocks to retain their intermediate status. For many years, the Mahon family ran a pub and shop in the village.
Jim wore the Ballinagore jersey with pride and also represented Westmeath in the underage grades, winning a Fr Manning Cup medal in 1978. Unquestionably his proudest moment came in 1986 when he captained his beloved Brosnasiders to their first JFC title in 46 years. He also played in the 1992 final which Ballinagore lost to their neighbours Kilbeggan in Tyrrellspass.
Jim also managed Castletown-Finea/Coole/
As a rugby player with Mullingar, it was entirely fitting that members of Ballinagore GAA and Mullingar RFC joined forces to form a guard of honour at his removal from Gilsenan's Funeral Home in Mullingar. Jim's Funeral Mass took place in the Cathedral of Christ the King, followed by cremation in Glasnevin Cemetery.
Sympathy is extended to his wife Breedge, his daughters Laura and Gemma, his mother Una, sister Annette, brother Jarlath and his extended family and friends.