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O'Dwyer's club in mourning over death of Fr Mick Hassett

MEMBERS of O'Dwyers GAA club are in mourning this week following the sudden and tragic death of their chairman Fr Michael Hassett.

Fr Hassett was parish priest in Palmerstown and formerly of Balbriggan and has been remembered for the great work he accomplished for the north Fingal sporting community.

Fr Hassett first arrived to Balbriggan parish in the late '70s where he began his legacy with O'Dwyers GAA club shortly afterwards.

Former chairman of the club Tom Baneham worked alongside Fr Hassett for over 25 years and said his commitment to the club will be greatly missed.

'In 1995 when I returned as chairperson, he was the vice-chair, secretary and club treasurer. He did tremendous administrative work and tremendous work for the club.'

'The kind of work he did will only be realised now, on the committee and organising tickets for the Dublin matches. He'll be a tremendous loss to the club.'

'I'd just like to offer my own personal condolences and on behalf of my family. It's a great loss and he was a great friend of ours.'

Fellow club member Dinny O'Leary shared Tom's praise of Fr Hassett's work for the club and said he will be sorely missed.

'He was a trustee of the club and a marvellous worker. He did great administrative work and was always there to help out. When there was work to be done, he was always there.'

'He played hurling for a while and was absolutely brilliant with the juveniles, getting kids involved in the sport and encouraging them. So much can be said about the man, he'll be sadly sadly missed.'

Club members travelled to his removal at St Philomena's Church, Palmerstown, yesterday evening and his burial will take place after 11 o'clock mass today.

Fr Hassett was the son of the late Martin and Kathleen. He is the brother of Patricia, Phyllis and the late Fr Gabriel.

He is also suvived by his nephews, aunts, Archbishop Martin, bishops and fellow priests of the Dublin Diocese, parishioners of Palmerstown and of all his former parishes.

All activities at the club, including matches, training, dancing and music classes, club lotto and bingo are cancelled until Thursday.