Lorcan Kelly RIP: It was with profound sadness that we learned last Friday of the passing of our former player and friend, Lorcan Kelly. Lorcan was a true Aghabog legend and was at the heart of our team during the most successful spell in the club’s history throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Indeed one has only to cast their eye around our clubhouse walls to see that Lorcan was at the centre of some of the most memorable and proudest days for Aghabog. Lorcan showed that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with on the pitch from an early age, winning the player of the match award when Latnamard NS won the Philomena Begley Trophy in 1986. He was a member of the St Dympna Cup winning minor team in 1990 when we captured our first County Board trophy in 54 years. Lorcan’s brother, Peadar, captained the team on that day and his father, Joe, was a selector. That win was to prove a catalyst for Aghabog as the core of that minor team would in just a few short years lead us to promotion to Intermediate ranks in 1992 and then to the unprecedented heights of Senior football in 1994 when we beat Inniskeen in the Fr Hackett Cup Final. Lorcan was also a member of the U21 side that captured the PJ Flanagan Cup in 1992 and he would go on to add a further Hackett Cup medal to his collection with victory over Tyholland in 1999. Of course the best was yet to come. Who will ever forget our 2003 championship odyssey? One of the most memorable moments of that campaign was when Lorcan coolly slotted home a vital goal against Tyholland in Scotstown to ensure our passage to the next round. Lorcan was again at the coalface in the epic semi-final trilogy against Inniskeen and in the final against Doohamlet when we claimed our first Championship title since the 1930s. In more recent years, Lorcan continued to be an inspiration for younger members of the club. In our last final appearance against Clones in the Dr Ward Cup Final replay in 2012, we found ourselves in the unenviable position at half-time of being a few points down and also a man down. Lorcan came into the dressing room that day to say a few words and although the odds were stacked against us you got the sense that it would have given him no greater pleasure than to pull on a jersey and go out for the second half. Lorcan loved a battle afterall; he was tough and uncompromising on the field of play. If the ball was there to be won then God help the man who got in Lorcan’s way! For him, it was always a case of no quarter given nor asked for. He was a warrior on the pitch and a gentleman off it. How fitting it was that Lorcan went to his final resting place in the Aghabog colours flanked by the members of the club that he loved and by many of his former teammates who he soldiered so bravely with down through the years. Our club has lost a special person but Lorcan will always be remembered as one of Aghabog’s all time greats. Ní fheicimid a leithéid arís.
The thoughts and prayers of everybody in the Aghabog Men and Ladies clubs are with Lorcan’s wife, Tara, his children Oisin and Cerys, and with Joe, Bridie, Peadar, Mairead, Siobhan and the entire Kelly family.
125 Meeting: As a mark of respect our 125 meeting was cancelled last Friday night. It will now take place this Friday night at 8:30pm in the clubhouse.
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