The town was saddened when news filtered through of the passing on February 6, 2009 of Jimmy Gaffney from 10 St Alphonsus Road and formerly of Ashbrook. The Cork native lived in Dundalk for 40 years and served in the Irish Army for 24. He played football for Sean O'Mahonys GFC (where he also helped out with minor teams) and was a member of the Louth Referees Association. He was also a keen Manchester United supporter. Sean O'Mahonys GFC provided a Guard of Honour as Jimmy was laid to rest.