Mohill GAA launch draw to remember Philly

A year on from the tragic and untimely passing of Leitrim and Mohill star Philly McGuinness, Mohill GAA Club have stepped up their efforts to dedicate a fitting memorial to remember their former star who passed away on April 19, 2010.

A year on from the tragic and untimely passing of Leitrim and Mohill star Philly McGuinness, Mohill GAA Club have stepped up their efforts to dedicate a fitting memorial to remember their former star who passed away on April 19, 2010.

A year on from the tragic and untimely passing of Leitrim and Mohill star Philly McGuinness, Mohill GAA Club have stepped up their efforts to dedicate a fitting memorial to remember their former star who passed away on April 19, 2010.

The first anniversary of Philly’s passing occurred on Tuesday of this week, April 19, with anniversary masses in Mohill last Saturday and Kinlough the previous week to remember the flame haired player who thrilled footballs fans from all over the county in his endeavours with both Mohill and Leitrim.

At the time of Philly’s funeral, Mohill GAA announced that they would be renaming their grounds as “The Philly McGuinness Memorial Park” and would undertake an extensive renovation and development of the grounds as a fitting tribute to the memory of their friend and team-mate.

A new all-weather sand based surface has already been installed at the Mohill grounds on the Dromod road out of the town and will be due to be opened early next year, having been seeded last September, while plans are well underway to develop two new dressing rooms, a training pitch and a new entrance.

The new pitch was developed and laid by local contractor Frank Reynolds and will be a major development for the Mohill club.

In an appeal for support, Mohill GAA club have said “We have decided as a fitting tribute to name the new pitch after our late beloved “Philly McGuinness” RIP. It will be a memorial to an outstanding player who lost his life doing what he loved most.

“We in the club were greatly heartened by the solid support which we received from numerous clubs throughout the county, country and from abroad and we wish to thank those who supported us in every way.

“While we very much appreciate the difficult financial times in which we live we would appreciate your support.”

Anyone wishing to support Mohill GAA Club’s fundrasing efforts can contact Gary Canning at 087-9040907.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.