A Tribute to Jimmy Roche – By Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club PRO

 The late Jimmy Roche - a dedicated and lifelong Cordal GAA Club man.  ©Photograph: John Reidy
The late Jimmy Roche – a dedicated and lifelong Cordal GAA Club man.
©Photograph: John Reidy

Cordal suffered an unexpected and heart breaking loss this week with the death of Jimmy Roche, Breahig, Cordal.

By Paddy Flynn, Cordal GAA Club

Jimmy was a grassroots member and one of our most loyal and devoted club men.

To describe him I think the words used to describe his own father are fitting for Jimmy as well, he was a giant among men.

Every Bit of Energy

Jimmy gave every bit of energy he had to Cordal GAA Club.

In the good days and the bad days he always stayed true to his home club and never wavered in giving 110% as a club officer and former senior team manager and chairman.

He led the Cordal team to victory in the Junior Championship in 1986 and two years later played his part in St. Kieran’s 1988 victory.

Always in Good Spirits

Jimmy was always there to give a helping hand along with his wife Joan. He was always in good spirits and he will be missed by all at the club.

It will be difficult for the club to move on having lost such a respected and experienced member again this year but we have to be strong and as a community face this loss together.

It was inspiring to see such a great turn out for Jimmy Roche’s funeral and guard of honour and we would like to thank all who took part.

Most Sincere Sympathies

The club would like to extend its most sincere sympathies to Jimmy’s wife Joan, his children John, Timmy, James and Ann Marie, his brother Ulick, Jimmy’s sisters Nora, Helen, Brigid and Anne. And to his nephews, nieces, grandchildren and to all his extended family and friends.

Rest in Peace Jimmy.

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