Carnaross Gaelic Football Club County Meath Ireland

Aidan Gillic - RIP

It is with deep regret that we have learned of the passing of club stalwart and president Aidan Gillic.

Aidan gave lifelong service to football not only in our parish, but at county and national level also. He played his football with Dulane, one of two clubs in Carnaross parish at the time, and also played with Kells but serious injuries cut short his playing career.

He went on to take up the whistle, and quickly gained quite a reputation as a very good referee which culminated in him taking charge of the 1972 Meath Senior Final between Seneschalstown and O’Mahonys. He refereed the first round of the Leinster Championship between Dublin and Wexford in 1974 at Croke Park.  This was the first championship game played with the enlarged penalty area, and Aidan has the distinction of awarding the first penalty under the new rule in an intercounty match, which was duly dispatched to the Wexford net by Bobby Doyle. Aidan had a very impressive record of refereeing a county final at all levels from Under-12 upwards with the exception of the Intermediate final.

Aidan gave a lot to the GAA as a player and referee but his contribution did not finish there. He went on to serve the club as an administrator for many years. He was Chairman of Carnaross from 1984 to 1994. During this period the club made marvellous progress both on and off the pitch with Aidan being the driving force. He played a major role in the development of underage football in the parish. A new pitch and clubhouse was constructed in the late eighties and success quickly followed on the pitch with Junior and Intermediate titles captured in 1991 and 1993, with Aidan’s sons PJ and Alan part of the team. Both PJ and Alan represented both club and county with distinction which no doubt brought immense pride to Aidan.

In recent years Aidan has continued to follow and support the club being an ever present at games, with a particular interest in the fortunes of our underage teams where his grand-children are carrying on the family tradition.

Carnaross GFC owes a lot to Aidan Gillic. His tireless dedication will act as an inspiration to future generations as we endeavour to follow in his footsteps and serve our proud little club and community as best we can.

As a club, we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Mary, sons PJ and Alan, his daughter Sandra, the extended Gillic family and his wide circle of friends at this sad time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

 

 

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JUNIOR D FINAL
Carnaross v Longwood

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