Final whistle sounds for lion-hearted Sligo GAA player Jim
Former Sligo G.A.A. great Jim Killoran passed to his eternal reward in mid January, just two weeks short of his eighty first birthday.
Born and reared in Cartron, Ballinafad, the first signs of his natural footballing talent began to show at school in Boyle, with Jim turning out for Roscommon in the Connacht minor championship of 1954. Jim made his debut in 1956 for the Sligo junior team which went on to win the Connacht championship.
For the next ten years Jim gave every ounce of his energy to the noble cause of Sligo senior football. Standing six feet tall, broad shouldered and built like a tank Jim played for Sligo in the forwards, the backs and even at midfield, however his favoured position was full back.
Many wonderful displays for Sligo followed including the memorable Connacht Final of 1965 in which Sligo perhaps should have won, three points up at half time but beaten in the end by a great Galway team in the middle years of a famous three in a row of All Irelands.
Traditional music was another great love of Jim's and he could be seen at several of the local sessions while all other sports enthralled him, particularly horse racing and soccer with his beloved Liverpool and Sligo Rovers of course being his favoured sides.
Jim's funeral mass took place at St Joseph's Church, Ballytivnan on Tuesday January 17th followed by burial in Aughanagh cemetery Ballinafad. Playing colleagues of old and members of Calry St Josephs and Eastern Harps formed a guard of honour. And so on to the graveyard at Aughanagh right on the shores of stunning Lough Arrow where friends had prepared Jim's final resting place. He lived his life to the full. He adored his county. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
" Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis"
- PJ McKeon.