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Louth 1957 All-Ireland winner Jimmy McDonnell passes away

Louth 1957 All-Ireland winner Jimmy McDonnell passes away

The death has occurred of Louth 1957 All-Ireland winner Jimmy McDonnell.

Jimmy, from Grange Road, Allardstown in Knockbridge, passed away peacefully yesterday in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The 90-year-old was part of the Louth team that beat Cork 60 years ago to earn the Wee County their third All-Ireland. Jimmy had scored 2-2 in the 2-9 to 1-7 Leinster final win against a fancied Dublin side. He had also scored an impressive 3-3 against Kildare in the previous round and hit in a point in the semi-final win over Tyrone.

Jimmy, who played with the Darver Volunteers, came out of retirement to feature in 1957 having helped the county to Leinster Championship success in 1950 and 1951.

A former staff member of the ESB, he also won a Junior Championship with the Darver Volunteers in 1956.

He is survived by his wife May and his loving children Bríd, Lizzy, Jim, Mary, Jody, Anne and Ollie, as well as grandchildren Rachel, James, Niamh, Fionn, Aodhán, Mark, Michelle, Matthew, Sadhbh, Ferdia, Ruairí, Caoilte, Méabh, Cillian, Rian, Anna and Tara, his sons-in-law Paddy, Michael and Ruairí, his daughters-in-law, Ann-Marie, Sinéad and Mairéad, his brothers Paddy and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

He was predeceased by daughter Therese.

Jimmy will be reposing at his residence from 10.30am today. Removal on Monday morning to St Michael’s Church, Darver, arriving for funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Darver Cemetery.

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