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The 'godfather’ of Mullahoran GFC dies

Tuesday, 19th January, 2016 3:31pm
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The 'godfather’ of Mullahoran GFC dies

The late Johnny Joe Brady.

The 'godfather’ of Mullahoran GFC dies

The late Johnny Joe Brady.

The community of Mullahoran is in mourning this week following the death of a man popularly regarded as the “godfather” of the local football team. Johnny Joe Brady (87) of Killydream passed away at approximately 5.30am yesterday morning (Tuesday) in Cavan General Hospital.
Born and raised in Mullahoran, Johnny worked for a spell in Elvery sports shop in Dublin. In the 1950s, he followed so many before him across the Irish Sea to make a life in England. Upon his return to Ireland in the early 1970s, he found Mullahoran GFC at a low ebb.
Although not a footballer himself, he lived and breathed the sport and, along with like-minded neighbours, set about resuscitating the fortunes of his beloved club.
He was instrumental in keeping the Dreadnoughts together initially, and then in recruiting local labour to establish the Our Lady of Lourdes facilities for the club. Johnny Joe held numerous senior roles including chairman and served as Mullahoran’s county board delegate.
In January 2013, Mullahoran GFC honoured him with a lifelong service award.
Johnny Joe Brady is predeceased by his wife Philomena, who passed away six years ago. He is survived by daughters Kerry and Tara and sons Tony, Colin, Ross and Terry.
A full obituary will feature in The Anglo-Celt in the coming weeks.

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