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Thursday 17 April 2014

Clubs mourn deaths of John and Frank

LOUTH GAA and Boyne RFC are in shock this week after the tragic deaths of Frank Taaffe and John McCreanor.

Frank, a former Louth senior player and a key member of the Oliver Plunketts club, and John, affectionately known as 'Beachy', died within 24 hours of each other, plunging both clubs into mourning.

A member of the famed Drogheda Youths team of the late '60s and early '70s under Paddy Clarke, Frank 'Snag' Taaffe played senior football for the county for almost a decade. He was 59.

Almost a thousand mourners attended his funeral on Saturday where he was decribed as a ' hero' whose name would be enshrined in GAA history.

John McCreanor (32) played for Delvin RFC before becoming a vital member of the Boyne setup, where he proved to be one of their most popular and versatile players, winning league and cup honours with them.

Club colleagues wept openly at his funeral on Friday in Ardee as they expressed their admiration for a man who 'always smiled and always laughed'.

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