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Thursday 23 October 2014

Council meeting adjourned in Sean's honour

Published 29/01/2013 | 10:32

A TRUE legend. A great ambassador for Sligo and a man of great humility.

hat's how Councillors have described the late Sean Fallon.

The Borough Council adjourned its General Purposes meeting in honour of the Glasgow Celtic great and Freeman of Sligo.

His funeral took place in Glasgow on Wednesday with some of soccer's biggest names in attendance.

Mr. Fallon (90) passed away at his home on Friday, January 18th.

Deputy Mayor Matt Lyons proposed the adjournment as a mark of respect.

He said while Sean's father, the late John Fallon served for over 40 years on the Borough and County Councils, had been Mayor in 1968 and 1977, and Chairman of the Council from 1967 to 1976, Sean's interests lay away from politics.

The Deputy Mayor recalled Sean's career at club and international level. He joined Celtic in 1950 and went on to play 254 games for the Hoops.

Councillor Lyons outlined the many honours he won.

When he turned to management he was assistant to Jock Stein at Celtic from 1962 to 1975.

During this period, Celtic won a record nine league titles on the trot.

And, they became the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967.

The Deputy Mayor said: "He was renowned for his shrewd judgement of talent.

"Over half the players on the ' alltime Celtic team' chose by fans in 2002 had been brought to the club by Sean Fallon."

Councillor Lyons said despite his huge success at Celtic he never forgot where he came from and his heart was in Sligo.

Seconding the adjournment, Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady said Sean Fallon "never forgot his roots."

She said: "He made many trips home and promoted Sligo at every opportunity."

"A legend in his own lifetime", was how Councillor Declan Bree described Sean Fallon.

He said: "His death certainly marks the end of an era.

"He did everything you could ever wish to achieve in football.

"He was extremely proud of his Sligo roots and was a wonderful ambassador, not only for his native Sligo, but for Ireland."

Councillor Jim McGarry said Sean Fallon went across the water and "made it" in the 1950's when very little was known of "fitness" in places like Sligo.

He said: "It was a tremendous achievement to make it in a city divided. He was appreciated even by Glasgow Rangers supporters."

Other Councillors joined in the tributes.

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