Saturday 21 April 2018

Sligo GAA in mourning following the tragic death of former hurling boss Michael Galvin

Michael Galvin during the NHL Division 4 final in 2009
Michael Galvin during the NHL Division 4 final in 2009

James Donoghue

Sligo GAA is in a state of mourning following the sad passing of their former county hurling manager Micheal "Mickey" Galvin.

The Garda sergeant died in tragic circumstances in the early hours of yesterday morning at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

Sligo County Board have issued a statement on the sad passing: "Sligo GAA offers its condolences to the Galvin Family on the occasion of the untimely and tragic death of Michael, former Senior intercounty footballer and Senior intercounty manager"

The father-of-three led the Sligo hurlers to their first ever Nicky Rackard title in 2008 in Croke Park and during his playing career he picked up three Sligo county championship hurling medals for Craobh Rua from 1994 and represented the Sligo footballers in 1991 and 1992.

Calry/St Josephs Chairman Eddie MacHale has led the tributes for his club mate and friend who he described as “a leader of leaders”.

Galvin would do anything that was asked of him according to MacHale who has fond memories of the time he held Down legend James McCartan scoreless for Sligo IT.

Galvin hails from a well known GAA family in the club with his father Paddy winning the GAA presidents award in 2012, and the  devastated Chairman says “the biggest loss is to his family".

“I couldn’t say enough about Mickey Galvin as a friend... he will be sadly missed by every one, his family, Club, friends, and those who worked with him”.

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