Tuesday 20 August 2019

Sadness at passing of 1954 Sam Maguire hero Lenehan

The death took place recently of Kevin (Gus) Lenehan who lined out at wing back for Meath when they captured the Sam Maguire Cup for only the second time in 1954, against Kerry.

Kevin lived at Bremore Drive, Balbriggan, and formerly Duleek and Julianstown, playing his club football with Duleek and later St Patrick's Stamullen. He was Honorary President of the St Patrick's club at the time of his death.

He lined out at senior level with Duleek when a 16-year-old in 1946 and was a member of the team that lost the senior final to Skryne in 1947, 3-13 to 1-8. He won minor championships in 1947 and 1948 and captained the county minor side in 1948.

One of Kevin's biggest successes at club level arrived in 1955 when he captained Duleek to the intermediate title following a final victory over Slane.

After moving to live in Julianstown, Kevin transferred to St Patrick's and was a great servant of the Stamullen club. He was a regular at St Patrick's games over many years.

Predeceased by his son Laurence, he is survived by his wife Mary, family Mary, John, Phyllis and Yvonne, sons-in-law Roy, Brian and Tony, daughter-in-law Bridget, grandsons Darragh, Kevin, Ronan and Sean, great-grandson Drayden, sisters Bridie Lennox, Marie McDonagh, Una Bell, Margaret Lund, brothers Willie and John, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and a large circle of friends.

His funeral Mass took place in St Peter and St Paul's Church, Balbriggan, with burial afterwards in the local cemetery.

Drogheda Independent