Funeral of Pakie McGarty taking place this morning

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Leitrim Observer reporter


Leitrim Observer reporter


Deaths in Donegal

The funeral of legendary Leitrim footballer Pakie McGarty is taking place in Dublin this morning.

Regarded as Leitrim's greatest ever footballer, he was a revered figure in the county and further afield and was a superstar of his time.

Born in Mohill in 1933, Pakie McGarty played for the Leitrim county team for 23 years between 1949 and 1971, playing his first senior game at the age of 16.

He played in four Connacht Senior Football Championship finals with Leitrim, from 1957 to 1960, narrowly losing in 1958 as McGarty famously left the field with his jersey ripped to shreds, the only way the Galway backs could stop him.

The late Pakie McGarty

He passed away peacefully at home at Terenure surrounded by his family on Monday night.

Packie’s Funeral Mass is being streamed live from St. Pius X Church, Templeogue this morning at 10am:

He is survived by his wife Ellen and children Christine, Jean, Padraig, Michael, Mary, Aileen and Eamonn.

Packie will be forever loved and dearly missed by his wife and family, sons-in-law John, Dominic and David, daughter-in-law Corinna, his adored grandchildren Ellen, Áine, Roisín, Catherine, Mary, Séan, Davóg, Donal, John and Claire, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions cannot, may leave a personal message at: 

The Leitrim Observer would like to extend our sincere sympathies to Pakie's family on their great loss.

May he rest in peace.