Clegg, Herbie

Known for his lifelong passion for Cootehill Celtic GFC and Cavan football in general, Herbie Clegg passed away in St Luke's Hospital, Dublin on Tuesday January 13 2009, at the age of 78. A family man who lived and worked in the town in a variety of capacities down through the years, Herbie was involved with Cootehill Celtic all his life. He was a distinguished player and collected championship medals in 1953, '54 and '55 as well as a league memento in '55. He went on to serve the club as an umpire and linesman and became caretaker at Hugh O'Reilly Memorial Park after it opened in the early 'eighties, always maintaining the facility in immaculate condition. He supported the Hoops in all their matches and was always on hand with welcome words of encouragement - win, lose or draw. Members of Cootehill Celtic GFC formed Guards of Honour at both the funeral and removal, while Herbie's love of football was reflected in some of the offerings that were made - including the keys to Hugh O'Reilly Park and a picture of Cavan's 1928 All-Ireland final team (on which his father, Herbie, played).

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