Doonan, Patrick

Patrick Doonan from 10 Lakeview will be remembered as one of the most remarkable people ever to walk the streets of Cavan town. The 'Marathon Man', who was a mine of information on gaelic games, horse racing and athletics, was due to run his 50th marathon in Dublin the month he died. Members of Cavan Gaels GFC formed a Guard of Honour as Packie's remains were removed to Cullies Cemetary. Patrick played football with both the Gaels and Killygarry and was also aligned with many other clubs. His late, great uncle Willie Doonan played a key role in Cavan's 1947 All-Ireland final win at the Polo Grounds. He was the first Cavan man to run the Dublin City Marathon 20 times and had the distinction of running marathons on every continent.

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