Naomh Columba mourn death of President and founder, Connie ‘Beag’ Cunningham

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The Naomh Columba GAA club is mourning the passing of founder member and President Connie ‘Beag’ Cunningham.

Connie died in Sligo Hospital following a short illness.

Connie, from Teelin Road in Carrick, was an active member at Naomh Columba right up to his passing.

Indeed, at the club’s recent annual awards dinner dance, Connie presented one of the prizes.

He was an every present at Glen games of all grades and ages.

The late Connie ‘Beag’ Cunningham

“He always had a kind word and plenty of encouragement to all Naomh Columba teams he and Angela travelled to watch,” the Naomh Columba club said in a statement on its Facebook page.

“He enjoyed his role as our club president and always had a smile or a joke with anyone he met, let it be young or old. He will be a huge loss to his family and our club.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Connie, predeceased by his son JP, is survived by his wife, Angela, sons, Michael, Dessie, Conal, Hughie and Shaun, daughters in law Siobhán, Marie, Nikki, Michaela and Aisling, his grandchildren, Nicole, Leeza, Adam, Cara, Jamie, Evie, Jack and Senan, his brother Barney, sisters Philomena (Philly) and Margaret, nieces, nephews and a large circle of relatives and friends.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday following 1pm Funeral Mass at St Columba’s Church, Carrick.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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