Louth 1957 All-Ireland medal winner Frank Lynch delivered a moving and humorous tribute to the late Charlie McAlester at a packed funeral mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Drogheda on Friday morning.
The church was packed for what was a fitting send-off for a GAA legend who had endeared himself to so many people in Louth and beyond.
Among the packed attendance at the Requiem Mass was Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and also present were members of the Meath GAA squad, an indication of the widespread respect for Charlie McAlester.
Louth County Board Chairman Padraic O’Connor also paid tribute to the long serving kit man.
“We learned of the passing of our dear friend Charlie McAlester last Tuesday morning, April 17 2012. I had known Charlie for a long time but grew particularly close to him since assuming my current position as Cathaoirleach.
“Initially Charlie told me he had under medical advice been recommended to give up his role as kit man to the County teams a number of years ago but he assured us that he would continue to assist in every way possible.
“During the past number of years we have all grown accustomed to seeing Charlie at least on a weekly basis and he was always in good form and ready to help out whenever asked.
“His sense of humour and constant smile will be sadly missed by us all in Louth GAA. He was the real definition of a true volunteer who for this past 30 year has served his County with distinction and pride. Team managers, mentors , executive members and players have come and gone since then but the one constant throughout was Charlie.
“We will bring Charlie to his final resting place where his beloved club Newtown Blues will oversee his funeral arrangements.
“On behalf of all Louth Gaels I would like to take this opportunity to wish his family, his Club Newtown Blues and the wider GAA family our sincere condolences on his passing. His likes will not be seen again.
“Ar dheis dhea go raibh a h-anam usail.”