Death of Charlie McAlester, former Louth GAA kit manager

The death has taken place at his home in Drogheda of Charlie McAlester, one of the county’s best-known personalities.

The death has taken place at his home in Drogheda of Charlie McAlester, one of the county’s best-known personalities.

Aged 67, he had fought a courageous battle against cancer over the past three years. Though it had taken its toll, he continued to support Louth teams, and was at Navan on Easter Sunday to see seniors survive in Division Two of the National League with a win over Meath.

He was Louth kit-man for almost 40 years up until the onset of his illness in 2009, and also filled the same role with his club, Newtown Blues, and a number of Ireland teams in the Compromise Rules Series. He made the trip to Australia on four occasions, twice with the under-17s and twice with the seniors.

He also had four engagements at Croke Park, working with managers, Brian McEniff, John O’Keeffe and his long-time friend, Pete McGrath. His friendship with the players was such that the in 2001, the last year of his involvement, the players made him a special presentation.

Born in Dundalk, but living all his life in Drogheda, Charlie was a huge benefactor to Louth county and club teams. He was Co Board PRO for three years, taking over from legendary Co Board secretary, Peadar Kearney.

Charlie is survived by his sister, May (Dundalk). His burial takes place in Drogheda on Friday. Requiem mass is at 11am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda, with burial afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery.