THERE was widespread sadness in Dunleer and mid-Louth this week as news broke of the death of Larry McGuill.

THERE was widespread sadness in Dunleer and mid-Louth this week as news broke of the death of Larry McGuill.

Larry, who died on Saturday, was the father of Louth athletics, a fundraiser for numerous charities for nearly half a century throughout the local community and a worker and contributor to almost every local organisation.

Larry served at every level of athletics in Ireland for over 50 years. He was passionate about the sport and proud of the achievements of Ras na hEireann which he had served for 40 years.

Larry was involved with numerous charity works dating back to the early 50’s including in most recent years the Mater Heart House Foundation.

Last year he celebrated his 70th birthday and donations on that evening to The Mater Heart House Foundation and SADS Awareness amounted to €1,580 euro.

Over 120 family members and friends turned up in the the Valley Inn for that happy occasion and many people travelled from all over the country.

His good friend Paul Le Blanc who was on a visit to Europe was also there.

His daughter Goretti read a beautiful poem specially written for the event.

He was presented with a power point presentation of his life by the well-known athlete Geraldine Finnegan who thanked Larry for his support down through the years and said he had been a father figure to her since her Dad passed away when she was just 18.

The presentation – compiled by Cole McCann - featured Larry receiving The Hall of Fame and the Rehab Award plus the Dunleer athletics team of 1960 who had just celebrated their 50th anniversary win in the county senior CC.

Another member of the club Charlie Breagy sent a very heart warming speech through a recorded video from Providence USA praising Larry for his tremendous work and dedication to athletics over the years.

Larry had often expressed his gratitude to Mary Moorehead, Dr Hugh McCann, Dr Joe Galvin and all the medical staff at the Mater, and he worked tirelessly raising funds for the new heart screening centre at the hospital.

He is survived by his wife Bernadette, daughters Margaret and Goretti.

Reposing at his daughter Margaret Stewart’s residence, Gallagh, Dunleer, from 12 noon today (Tuesday) the removal is tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10.30am to Saint Brigid’s Church Dunleer arriving for funeral Mass at 11am.

Burial afterwards in Ballapousta Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired, in lieu, to The Mater Heart House Dublin