GAELS in the St Pats club and throughout Co. Louth are mourning the death of John White Castletowncooley who passed away peacefully after a short illness in our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda on Monday 18th March.
John throughout his life has been involved with all things associated with Cumain Luthcleas Gael. In his younger days he played with the local Valley Rangers. In 1953 he was a founder member of St Patrick’s G.F.C. and was on the club’s first Championship winning team in 1960.
During his playing career he also won Championship medals with Cooley, Darver Stars and Young Irelands. From the moment he hung up his boots he has been a constant figure in the development of the St Pats club. He has filled the role of Chairman, Team selector, committee member and in more recent times President. He was one of those to the fore in the club when they developed and opened their present playing grounds at Pairc Eamoin Lordship.
John will always be remembered for his good humour, his wise judgement and his constant encouragement for individuals and teams who represented the club. One of his proudest moments was in September 2003 when his son Sean captained the St Pats team who won the club’s first Louth Senior Championship.
John passed his love of Cumain Luthcleas Gael on to his three children. As well as Sean, his son Gerard played for the Green and Whites and like his father is now involved in coaching and training club players. His daughter Maria played with the St Pats ladies team and has been a member of the St Pats Committee. Maria is presently one of the Adult leaders in St Patrick’s Youth Club. John’s presence will be sorely missed in the St Pats club. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Agnes, to his sons Gerard and Sean, to his daughter Maria, to his sisters Maire and Phil, to his granddaughter Ciara, to his daughter-in-law Anne and to the whole family circle. Ar Dheis De go raibh ar a ainm.