The late Enda McGowan

One of Cavan's finest defenders passes away

Enda McGowan, one of the greatest Cavan defenders of all time has sadly passed away.

In an impressive and lengthy career Enda McGowan won Ulster Senior Championship medals in both 1967 and 1969. He also played in the Ulster finals in 1968, 1976, and 1978, the latter as captain.

He will be remembered as a tough and tenacious defender and a very fine man marker. With his natural pace and tigerish defending he was regularly impacted games from his specialist position right half back.

His achievements with Cavan were acknowledged with his being named as a replacement All Star, and he travelled to San Francisco with the All Star team in the 1970s. McGowan also won two Railway Cup medals in 1970 and 1971.

He was one of six players nominated at no 7 on the Cavan Team of the Millennium.

Originally from Manorhamilton, Enda played for Ballyhaise, and played in the Senior Club Championship final in 1978, which they lost to Cavan Gaels.

After his playing days concluded, he was a selector for the Cavan Senior team which reached the 1983 Ulster Final, but lost out against Donegal.

Enda McGowan, was beloved husband of Anne and much loved father of Jennifer, Claudine and Ciarán.

He was pre-deceased by his Brothers and sisters, Michael, Myra, Angela, Pat, Rita, Stella, Sean, Gus, Francis, Vincent and Dessie, and is sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters, son, sons in law Ciaran and Martin, sister Vicky (Canada), his adored grandchildren, Aoibhe, Isla and Dallán.

Reposing at Lakelands Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Cavan, Thursday from 5-8pm. Requiem Mass on Friday afternoon at 4pm in St Mary’s Church, Ballyhaise followed by Cremation at Lakelands Crematorium, Dublin Road, Cavan. Family flowers only, please.

House private, please.

May He Rest In Peace.