Carnaross Gaelic Football Club County Meath Ireland

Friends we have lost

The following obituaries of people associated with the club have featured in the Meath Yearbook over the years.


Sarah Nugent
Sarah was a member of the Murtagh family from Proudstown in Navan and her three sons, Thomas, Peter and Patrick, are players with Carnaross. Her husband Peadar is one of the club's presidents. Sarah was a keen football supporter and attended all games and functions.

Pat Nugent
Pat played with Carnaross and was a brother-in-law of the aforementioned Sarah Nugent.

Tommy Reilly
Tommy was the brother of Carnaross county board delegate Christy Reilly.


Thomas Ward (Dulane/Crossakiel)
Thomas was a loved member of an old Dulane GAA family who have made a massive contribution to club and county football in Meath. Thomas was one of the heroes of our Junior and Intermediate winning team of the early nineties. A versatile player, Thomas lined out at centre-back in the Junior final of 1991 when we beat Drumree 1-14 to 0-5. By 1993, he had made the move to centre-forward and played a vital role in our Intermediate success. He scored a crucial goal before landing a last minute match-winning point to beat Kilmainhamwood 1-8 to 0-10 in the final. Two weeks later he scored another vital goal to help complete a memorable championship and league double for the club, beating Simonstown 2-6 to 2-5 in the Division 2 final.

Mick Ward (Dulane)
Mick was the father of Thomas (see above) and was a GAA institution around the Dulane and Carnaross areas of the county for decades. From a football mad family he and his brothers and their kin played and spread the GAA gospel far beyond the tiny crossroads that is Dulane. Mick played most of his football with Dulane but for a period during the 1940's when Dulane did not affiliate he lined out for parish neighbours Carnaross. He played in almost every position on the field but was happiest in the forward line. Mick's sons carried on the family tradition and have played with distinction, at all levels for Carnaross. Anthony was an outstanding county minor in 1976.
Mick had been an Honorary President of Carnaross GFC for a long number of years as well as Club Trustee since 1984.

Kieron King (Carnaross)
Kieron was a former juvenile player with Carnaross. A well known traditional musician, he represented the Moylagh club in the 2011 Scor competition and won titles for Set Dancing and Solo Singing.

Peter Yore (Carnaross/Chicago)
Peter was a member of a very old and respected Carnaross family who have made a big contribution to the local GAA scene. He emigrated to America many years ago.

Bernard (Benny) Hand (Carlanstown)
A native of Carlanstown, Benny was employed for 36 years with Headfort Demesne. In his youth he played underage football for Carnaross and was part of a juvenile championship winning team in 1950, the first ever that was organised in the county. Benny went on to play minor with St. Kieran's and later senior with Carlanstown. He was deemed good enough to line out at both minor and junior level for Meath.


Brian Kearney (Carnaross)
Brian was a member of the outstanding Carnaross team of the 1950’s. Usually lining out as a corner back he won a Meath junior championship medal in 1955 and followed this up with an intermediate success two years later.

John Joe Gillic (Dulane)
John Joe was a member of the famous Gillic clan. He lined out with the old Dulane club and was an uncle of former Meath star P.J. Gillic.

Larry McGuinness (Dulane)
Larry was a member of an old north Meath family. He was an outstanding underage player and played adult football with Dulane.

Seamus Reilly (Carnaross/Dunshaughlin)
The untimely passing of Seamus Reilly on 7th October 2011 was a source of great sadness in the Carnaross area. Seamus played all his football with Carnaross and was part of many successful underage teams while growing up. He possessed a sweet left foot and went on to be a key member of the Carnaross junior championship winning team in 1991 and the intermediate winning side in 1993. He was a dedicated player who gave everything on the pitch and supported all the activities and functions of Carnaross GFC, even after he moved to live in Dunshaughlin. In recent years he became involved with the U-10 structure at Dunshaughlin GFC, as his twins began playing.

Julia Reilly (Oakley Park, Kells)
Julia was in her 92nd year when she sadly passed away in late November. Her sons Michael, John and Danny all played with the old Dulane club while her daughter Helen McGee has been very active in Carnaross GAA affairs. Helen’s son John L McGee has worn the Meath jersey at senior level while John L and a number of Julia’s other grandsons, Declan and Danny Reilly and Dermot McGee are current intermediate players with Carnaross.

Oliver Plunkett (Carnaross-Drogheda)
Oliver, who moved to live in Drogheda, was the brother of current Carnaross treasurer and former player and chairman, Malachy Plunkett.

Peter Farrelly
A native of Cavan, Peter was a loyal and enthusiastic member of Carnaross GFC for over 30 years. Peter gave great assistance to underage teams in Carnaross down through the years while his sons Oliver and Aiden were playing and regularly helped out with umpiring. He was a valuable club member who was always willing to help out whether it was fundraising or doing work around the pitch, and will be missed around Carnaross.

Nell Morris
Nell, who was a club president at the time of her death, was the mother of a large Carnaross family who have had close connections to the local club for many years. She was a well known member of the north Meath community and a loyal supporter of Meath and particularly her local club Carnaross. She was heavily involved in many community activities and played major roles in Carnaross ICA, Kells Country Markets, Pioneers, Carnaross GFC and Carnaross Active Retirement, amongst others down through the years.


John Cahill Snr
John was a good supporter of Carnaross and contributor to fundraising events within the club. His son, John Jnr, is a former club secretary and his grandson Philip Ward is a current player with Gaeil Colmcille.

Brigid Daniel
Brigid, who died in her 107th year and was Meath’s oldest resident at the time, was well-known and popular in the Carnaross and Kells areas.

Margaret (Peggy) Plunkett
Sister of former club chairman and current selector Malachy Plunkett.

Maureen Ward
Maureen, who was a Club President at the time of her death, was a great football supporter who attended all games and functions.

Noel Watters
Noel was a former underage player with Carnaross.


Patrick Dunne
Patrick won a juvenile medal in 1950 and went on to play for Carnaross at adult level.

Vincent Mooney
Vincent’s three sons played for Carnaross.  One of his sons, Vincent Jnr., won Junior and Intermediate medals with the club in 1991 and 1993.

Shane O’Connor
Shane was a big supporter of the Carnaross underage teams which his brothers were part of.

Winnifred O’Reilly
Winnifred was a member of the well known O’Reilly family which has given great service to the Carnaross club down through the years.  Her three sons John, Gene and Brendan are former players and are all still heavily involved while her grandson Matthew is a current player.  Another grandson, John Sheehan, plays for Clann na nGael.

John Reilly
John played centrefield for Carnaross, winning a Junior medal in 1955 and Intermediate medal in 1957.

John Tevlin
John’s son J.J. played for Carnaross and won Junior and Intermediate medals with the club in 1991 and 1993.

Molly Tevlin
Molly was an aunt of J.J. who won Junior and Intermediate medals with Carnaross in 1991 and 1993.


Fr Walter Nugent
Fr Walter spent almost forty years serving in Korea having been ordained in 1957. Prior to his departure he was an accomplished footballer for both club and county.  He was part of the Carnaross junior and intermediate winning sides of 1955 and 1957.  For the intermediate decider in 1957 he was a student in Dalgan Park and was not to be released for the final.  Being one of the club’s better players, he was a sore loss.  The selectors picked the team without him, but just as Carnaross were about to go onto Pairc Tailteann Fr Walter arrived, boots and all.  He went on as a substitute at the interval and played his part in the historic victory, which saw his club capture the intermediate title for the first time.  He also represented Meath at Minor and Junior levels.  He was part of the Meath Junior team that won the All-Ireland in 1952 but missed out on the later stages of the championship as he returned to Dalgan Park to study for the priesthood.  He has three nephews currently playing with Carnaross - Thomas, Peter and Patrick while their sister Jane assisted as doctor to the Meath team this year.

Brian Keelan
Brian was one of the best known personalities in north Meath.  A famous faith healer, people came from all over the country to visit his Loughan premises.  A big GAA supporter, Brian played for Carnaross during the 1940’s.

William ‘Willie’ Daly
Willie was a member of the Carnaross team during the 1930’s and later played with Dulane, which operated from the other side of the Carnaross parish.

Sean Hall
Sean was a lifelong club member and a big supporter.

Annie Carpenter
Annie’s son Padraig played underage for the club as does her grandson Stein.

Mary Yore Roche
Mary’s son Jack plays underage with the club.


Johnny Bennett
A very popular figure, Johnny was a regular on Carnaross teams for years and in later times rarely missed a match.  He was a former President of the club while his son Sean also played football with the North Meath unit.

Margaret Norris
Margaret lived to the grand old age of 92 and was a follower of gaelic games all of her life.  A member of the famous Ward GAA family from Dulane, she played camogie for the local club and had the distinction of lining out at Croke Park.  Her husband, Peter Norris, played for the Meath seniors in the early 1930’s.  Some years later their grandson PJ Gillic repeated the feat as Meath captured All-Ireland senior honours in 1987 and 1988.


Patrick (Paddy) Farnan
A well known member of the north Meath community, Paddy was a very useful footballer in his younger days and won a Meath Junior Championship medal with Carnaross in 1941. Paddy lined out at midfield that day and later played in the losing finals of 1945, ‘50 and ‘52. A month before his death he was honoured at the club’s annual dinner dance where he enjoyed meeting all the members of club teams since those early years.

Tommy Yore
A great Carnaross GAA name, Tommy played at midfield on the winning junior and intermediate championship teams of 1955 and 1957. He also played in the losing final of 1952.

Fr Patrick Reilly
Fr Reilly was an extremely popular parish priest of Moynalty for 21 years. A native of nearby Carnaross, he followed the fortunes of both local clubs and the Meath team very closely. He was a president of Moynalty GAA club.


Ann Connell
Ann, with her husband Mick, have been members of Gaeil Colmcille for many years. She was a strong supporter of her club and county. Her untimely death after a short illness was a deep shock to her family and all who knew her. She was the grandmother of current Carnaross underage player Dean.

Robert Porter
Robert was the father of John and the grandfather of current player Killian Porter. Killian was a Meath minor in 2003.

Paddy Morris
Paddy was the father of a large and well known Carnaross family, most of which have close connections with the local club. One of his sons Tony, played on various county teams, is still a current player and team selector

Anna Gillic
From the Oakley Park area of the parish. All her sons were heavily involved with the old Dulane club and now the Carnaross unit. One of these sons, Eugene sadly passed away in 2004.  Another son, Aidan, has served Carnaross in every possible position, was an inter county referee and is the father of Meath All-Ireland hero PJ.


Eugene Gillic
A great supporter of Carnaross and Meath teams, Eugene hardly ever missed a game around his patch of north Meath. In his playing days, he lined out with the old Dulane club. He was a brother of former well known referee Aidan and an uncle of Meath 1987/88 hero PJ. Eugene’s coffin was draped in the Dulane colours and older members of this club and present day Carnaross members formed a guard of honour.

Kathleen McDonnell
Kathleen hailed from just over the Cavan border at Lisduff and married Julian from the well known north Meath family. Her sons Julian (Ballinlough) and Malachy (Carnaross) are very active in GAA circles. She was a keen follower of both Cavan and Meath county teams.


Marcella McDonnell
Marcella was a huge football supporter, both of Carnaross and the Royal County. Her husband Malachy is a staunch Carnaross clubman and all her children, Ciaran, Niall and Eimear play for the north Meath club. Marcella was buried in her native Ballinlough and huge crowds were in attendance for both the burial and removal. Marcella’s uncle Jim Roche is President of Ballinlough while her brother Michael Kavanagh featured on the Oldcastle team who contested the Meath senior decider of 1998 with Dunboyne.

Paudge Lynch
Well known for driving Carnaross underage and school teams to all parts of the county. Paudge was not alone a follower of the local club but a devoted Meath supporter and never let a wrong word be said about his beloved Royals.


Tommy Reilly
Described as a walking chronicle on GAA matters who also figured prominently in Moynalty Stream Threshing affairs.

Kathleen Flannery
Kathlen’s cousin Brian ‘Whites’ O’Reilly was a member of the great Cavan team of the late 40s, early 50s. Brother Patrick was on the victorious Meath 1947 junior team.


Rita Caulfield
Rita was the mother of former Carnaross player John and sister of Jack and Tommy Smith both of whom represented Meath.

Dessy McDonnell
A member of an old north Meath family which has given great service to Ballinlough and Carnaross clubs.


Leo Gillic
Was Honorary President of Carnaross GFC at the time of his death. All of his sons played with Dulane and Carnaross down the years and, of course, grandson PJ was an All-Ireland winner in 1987 and 1988.



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B League - Round 1
Carnaross v Dunshaughlin

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