THE Communities of Glenties and Fintown are in mourning after the death of noted GAA stalwart Jimmy McKelvey.
Jimmy was the President of the Naomh Conaill GAA club and he served for many years as an administrator at club and County Board levels.
Jimmy, late of Beaghmore, Fintown, has been Naomh Conaill’s President for a number of years until the time of his passing. It will be an emotional week for the club as the recently-crowned Donegal SFC winners are preparing for Sunday-week’s Ulster senior club final against Kilcoo at Healy Park.
Jimmy is a former Chairman of the Donegal Hurling Board and he also served as the Vice Chairman of the Donegal County Board.
Naomh Conaill player Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí is a grand-nephew of Jimmy, who drove a lorry for Donegal County Council for many years and was a popular figure.
Naomh Conaill was Jimmy’s big passion and, although in ill health, attended a breakfast morning at Davy Brennan Memorial Park in the lead-up to the Donegal senior football championship final, while he was a strong supporter of the Scór competitions.
Club members from Naomh Conaill formed a guard of honour as Jimmy’s remains were brought to his home this afternoon and will again pay their tribute on Sunday at his Funeral Mass.
Predeceased by this wife Bernadette, Jimmy is survived by sons Seamus, Tommy, Martin, Damien and daughters Collette and Marie.
Jimmy’s funeral mass takes place at 1pm on Sunday at St. Colmcille’s Church, Fintown, with burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.