On his month’s mind Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club has paid tribute to a long serving player, official and club business stalwart, Donal Kelliher, RIP.
By Eilish O’Leary, Club PRO
Donal, who passed away on September 21st was involved with the club for many years and anchored the team at full back where he was aided and flanked by some notable players.
In fact, he was part of the most famous full back line the club ever had with Jack Nolan and James ‘Chassie’ Cronin on either side of him.
First North Kerry League Win
They were part of the team 50 years ago to win the first ever North Kerry League competition for the club.
Donal has been described recently as a ‘gentle giant’ who commanded the square and encouraged his teammates around him in his unassuming manner and in various ways.
His sons, Simon, Paul and Donal followed in his footsteps by playing in the blue and white for a number of years with the Desmonds.
Donal finished his playing career in the mid 1970s but remained heavily involved in club affairs.
North Kerry Board Delegate
He was a delegate to the North Kerry board and the county board, occupied the position of chairperson for a time and, to the time of his death, as president of the club.
He was said to be the ‘legal brains’ of the Desmonds club for many years in his occupation as
solicitor and he was involved in many field and club development projects over the years.
Treated Friend and Foe Alike
He also appeared on the golf courses in later years and had a very unique style of play, often keeping his teammates entertained with his various funny sayings and actions.
A most respected solicitor and businessman in Castleisland district and beyond and well known for
his skillful treatment of friend and foe alike.
A Minute’s Silence
The members of Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to his wife Babs and family: Simon, Paul, Kate, Thomas and Donal E.
Club officers and members observed a minute’s silence at a game in Caherciveen on the Sunday after his passing in their championship match against St. Marys.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
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