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George Conway a key part of Laytown life

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The late George Conway

The late George Conway

The late George Conway

Laytown and the surrounding area said goodbye to a true gentleman with the recent passing of George Conway from Marian Villas.

Born in Bective on May 30 1940, his family later moved to Donacarney and he attended the local school before going on to St Joseph's CBS in Drogheda.

Although he battled and illness from a young age, he never allowed it to define him and he embraced life with courage and determination,

He moved into a role with Finnegan's Turf Accountants in Laytown and outside the office, enjoyed sports and culture and political and community service.

He loved poetry, encouraged by his teachers in St Joseph's and he would join Fianna Fail, the party organising a guard of honour at his funeral.

Like his father and late brother, Bill, he was stepped in the ethos of the GAA and was a fine player, part of the St Joseph's teams and a member of the side to win the Leinster Colleges title in 1957.

He played at minor and intermediate with St Mary's, now the Colmcilles, and won a Meath Intermediate title in 1968.

He loved going to Croker and cheering on the Meath team in their glory years and always found the grass a lot greener when the Royals were playing!

He was a Manchester United fan too and loved going to the races in Listowel and Galway.

He loved his community and they loved him, be it the youth club, the local development association or the senior citizens committee. He also loved the active retirement group and all that it brought.

His faith was strong and the Sacred Heart church was at his soul, a collector on a Saturday night and always part of events associated with the church.

He was in failing health for some time but his death on April 23 was still a shock to the many that loved George.

The family thank Fr Denis McNelis for his great kindness and support and the Townley family undertakers for the care and warmth they showed with the funeral arrangements.

As the hearse passed through Marian Villas, neighbours stood and applauded a man who was so much part of Laytown and the family will be forever grateful for their support.

George is survived by his loving sisters, Teresa and Pauline, brother in law Thomas Hoey, Donabate, sister in law Veronica Conway in Formby, Liverpool and his adoring nieces and nephews in Ireland, England and Australia. His month's mind was help privately on May. 23. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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