'He will be mourned on a national level' – funeral arrangements made for GAA legend Eugene McGee

Funeral arrangements for GAA legend Eugene McGee who passed away over the weekend have been released.

He will be reposing at Glennon’s Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road, Longford tomorrow May 8 from 4.00pm, concluding with prayers at 9.00pm. 

Removal will take place on Thursday morning to arrive at St. Mel’s Cathedral for Mass of the Resurrection at 11.00am, interment afterwards in Colmcille Cemetery.

It has been requested that there are family flowers only but donations can be made to St Christopher’s Services in Longford, through the funeral directors or a family member. 

Meanwhile, chairperson of Colmcille’s GFC Ciaran Farrelly has spoken of his shock at Mcgee’s passing.  

The famed manager who led Offaly to victory over Kerry in the 1982 All-Ireland was local to the north Co Longford club in Aughnacliffe and Farrelly was one of those “lucky enough” to have been trained by the GAA giant.  

“I knew him well as I trained under him in the 90s. Eugene McGee had a great presence and was a great leader,” he told the Irish Independent. 

“He was very humble too, he had no airs or graces about him and was a down to earth man. We have always been incredibly proud of him here in Colmcille.” 

“He was also proud of where he came from,” he added.  

“Eugene was good in an advisory capacity too, he was so good at what he did. I was a young fella when he was here and he had a great way about him. We were lucky enough to have him training us in the late 80s and 90s.”  

“I would have described him as one of our most famous sons. He will be mourned in on a national level.”  

He explained that the club’s grounds were named after McGee’s late brother Fr Phil McGee.  

“His brother was very much involved in the club too until he passed away quite young.”  

Mr Farrelly extended sympathies on behalf of the club to the McGee family. 

“We’d like to offer out since sympathies to Marian, his wife, his son Conor, and his daughter Linda.”

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