Kelly, Jimmy

Retired Detective Garda Jimmy Kelly, who was born in Galway, was heavily associated with the hurling and football fraternities in both his native county and Cavan. Jimmy won Galway junior, intermediate and senior hurling championships with Sarsfields and went on to play football with Kildallan GFC, winning a Cavan JFC in 1977. He won two Garda All-Ireland football medals with the Cavan / Monaghan selection and had the distinction of once playing for Sarsfields, the Garda and Kildallan all in the one day! Jimmy was a founder member of the Woodford Gaels hurling club in the '80s and was a driving force behind Cavan hurling. He also went on to represent Drumlane and was joint manager of their MFC-winning team of a decade ago as well as serving them as secretary. Members of the GAA communities from Galway and Cavan flocked to bid their final farewells to one of their finest sons. At the removal, members of Kildallan GFC, Drumlane GFC, Slieve Russell Golf Club and the Sarsfields Hurling Club (including the legendary Joe Cooney) formed a guard of honour.

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