The death took place in Co. Meath on Friday June 15th 2007 of 92 year old Malachy O Rourke, originally from Corriga Aughavas, Co. Leitrim.

To those who follow the history of Leitrim GAA Malachys name is synominous with the glory days of the 30s and 40s when he was part of the Junior Leitrim team that took Leitrim to a successful Connaught title, a Home All Ireland victory only to be beaten in the 1938 All Ireland Junior Final by London. Malachy was also on the 1939 Breffni Cup team that won the Senior Championship and with his brother the late Felix and cousins the late Michael (Red) Moran and James O Rourke was part of the Aughavas County Championship winning team of 1940.

Again in 1941 Malachy was on the Leitrim team that won the Junior Connacht title when he and Red Moran paired up and dominated the midfield to lead to a great victory Unfortunately the team was defeated in the All-Ireland Semi-Final against Cavan in August of that year after losing their captain during the match with a broken leg. In 1943 Malachy moved to Skryn Co. Meath to follow his brother Felix and Family but his love of Aughavas and the Gaa lived on. His nephews followed his footsteps with Fergus later wearing the green and gold of Leitrim and Colm doning similar colours and winning many medals for Meath.

Ar dhies de go raibh se

 

 

21-Jun-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO