It was with great sadness that Kilmeena GAA and the community learned of the passing of one our club's great stalwarts and a former club chairman, Vincent Reilly.
Vincent was a true gentleman, a wonderful footballer, a Gael and was always a great supporter of Kilmeena GAA Club. He enjoyed nothing better than going to the matches and meeting with people and having the craic and banter.
Vincent played football with Westport during the period 1959-1963 as the club in Kilmeena had become defunct. In 1961 he played for the county minors. During a period in the 60's while working in Dublin, he played with St. Vincent's club. On his return Vincent represented the Kilmeena Club as a player where he had few peers, finishing his playing career in 1972/'73. During the 1970s Vincent was active in club administration serving as Club Chairman during the years 1970 and 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1978. He served as Vice-Chairman in 1979. He also held the position of Vice President in 1981.
Vincent was part of the organising committee when the Kilmeena team famously toured the United States and Canada in 1970 playing games in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and Toronto.
In 2001 and 2002 Vincent, along with Phelim McManamon, Michael Moore and Ollie Mulchrone took over the management of the men's junior team and was very proud when his son John took over the management of the present Kilmeena junior team.
Vincent will be greatly missed around our club and community.
All at Kilmeena GAA club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Vincent's wife, Irene, son John and daughter Susan and to all his family, friends and neighbours.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.