Friday 21 October 2016

GAA in mourning following the death of Roscommon legend

Published 05/01/2016 | 13:32

Roscommon GAA is in mourning following the death of football legend Gerry O'Malley.

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O'Malley ranks up there as one of the best GAA players never to have won an All Ireland and wore the Roscommon jersey with distinction from November 1947 all the way through to 1964. In 1961, Gerry was chosen as the footballer of the year by the Association of Gaelic Sports journalists in a countrywide ballot.

Seamus Sweeney, Chairman of Roscommon GAA said: “Gerry was a good friend to Roscommon GAA, an inspiration to any team, and a football colossus.

"On my own behalf and on behalf of Roscommon people everywhere I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Niall and Conor his daughter in law and grandchildren on his passing. We were privileged to have known him, to have seen him and I can honestly say Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.”

His performances in the Connacht finals of 1952 and 1962 are rated as his best. In '62, he played mid field and led Roscommon to a one-point win over Galway, and he was captain when Roscommon played in the All-Ireland final, against Kerry.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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