Club Guard of Honour planned ahead of funeral

The Guard of Honour will assemble from the village Post Office from 1:15pm

Gowna GAA and the supporting community will this afternoon present a Guard of Honour as a mark of respect to the late Colin Madden, the young teenager who sadly passed away last week following his hard-fought battle with illness.

The Guard of Honour will assemble from the village Post Office from 1:15pm and line the route to the nearby Church of the Holy Family, Loch Gowna, where Colin's Funeral Mass will take place at 2pm.

The youngest son of Seamus and Angela Madden of Aughavains, Loch Gowna, Colin died Friday, May 13, peacefully in the loving embrace of his devoted family.

His death is deeply regretted by his heartbroken family, his adoring grandmother Irene, uncles, aunts, cousins, school friends, teachers, team mates and close neighbours and friends.

His death notice reminds: 'A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered'.

Colin's funeral mass will be live streamed HERE or can be viewed on

Colin represented Gowna GAA at under 13 and under 15 level as a player, and also a junior selector.

Following the young man's death, the club posted on social media, describing Colin as not “just a great footballer but a brilliant young person and leader, encouraging those young and old. Colin was part of the u13 team who lost the league final last year and the u15 team along with his brother Caolain who won the u15 Division 1 Championship.”

The club extended their sympathies to Colin's parents' Seamus and Angela, his brother Caolain and to the Madden and O’Reilly families. “Also to Colin’s teammates and friends in this difficult time.”

Colin was also remembered in a series of tributes by clubs and other across the GAA fraternity in the Breffni County and beyond.

As a mark of respect all Gowna GAA club activities have been cancelled until further notice.