Vincent was a tower of power
The village of Termonfeckin and its GAA football club, St Fechins, are in mourning with the sad news that reached everybody on Sunday morning informing them that Vincent McGlew had passed away during the night.
The man who wore the No 3 jersey, with so much pride, for his beloved St Fechins GFC also served his Parish, Community and Club with such distinction and dedication, passed away at a relatively young age having lived a very active life.
News of Vincent's serious illness some time ago came as a great shock, first of all to himself and his wonderful wife, Susan, and also his immediate family who had to contend with the imminent terminal consequences which faced them.
It was with disbelief the terrible news spread far and wide among friends, former team mates and the entire GAA community of County Louth and beyond.
Vincent's stature as a player and full back was renowned and his strength and command of the "square" frightened the life out of every full forward who threatened his domain. Enmity never endured with Vincent throughout and following his playing career and former opponents were the first to visit him and acknowledge his illness and also share with his family and club in the ultimate sadness of his demise.
My involvement with Vincent McGlew and the respected McGew family dates back 60 years or more and my friendship with Vincent was consolidated during the St Fechins golden era of the 80's. My meetings with Vincent were always happy occasions and his fond grasp and recall of local times past were shared with tears and laughter in equal proportion. His devotion to his Parish, Community and St Fechins was absolute and dedicated. His neighbourliness was faultless and he lived his entire life in the townland of Coolkirk which he loved.
Many will mourn and lament the demise of Vincent McGlew for all of the foregoing human qualities he possessed. However, it is to his wonderful wife, Susan, and his beloved family to whom most profound and sincere condolences are extended at this inconsolable time.
We shall remember the convivial manner in which we were received by himself, Susan and the family in a welcoming and loving home when he displayed unbelievable fortitude and strength of character which matched the same physical strength he displayed on the football field.
Each visit saw us leave with tears in our eyes whilst Vincent led us to the door on our departure with a cheerful attitude belying the fate that lay ahead of him.
Those same tears are dropping on my keyboard as I type these words of tribute on behalf of myself and Jim Walker who formed lifelong friendships, as trainers, with that entire squad and mentors.
We lament the demise of the first player of that great St Fechins team of the of the 1980's to depart the scene.
The hereafter will be regaled with Vincent's embellished stories of great characters of "old" Termonfeckin and the successes and failures of its great football team down through the years.
"Farewell Vincent - Our Friend - May You Rest In Peace".
Vincent McGlew will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Termonfeckin on Wednesday with burial afterwards in the Old Cemetery.