The death has occurred of the former Allen Gaels and Leitrim player, Brendan Canning, Dristernan, Drumshanbo. Brendan enjoyed a distinguished playing career as a goalkeeper which spanned the early 1960’s to the mid 1980’s.

He has the unique distinction of representing Leitrim at Minor, U-21, Junior and Senior level in the same year while still in secondary school. He enjoyed club success by winning a three in a row of Division 1 League Titles with Allen Gaels in 1973, 74 & ’75 and was part of that team which contested 6 league finals on the trot and lost a senior championship final in 1973 after a replay. Brendan’s son, Andy, has also represented Allen Gaels and Leitrim.

His involvement in the club extended well beyond the playing side and he was a coach, referee and administrator, serving as secretary for many years. Brendan was also a keen contributor to Scor and excelled in Question Time.

Brendan is survived by his loving wife Rose, sons Trevor & Andrew, daughters Andrea & Trina, brothers John and Mel and sister, Joan as well as extended family & a wide circle of friends. Reposing at his residence at Dristernan Drumshanbo on Saturday from 4pm to 9pm, on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm with funeral mass on Monday, October 9th in St. Patrick’s Church Drumshanbo and burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Drumshanbo. House private at all other times please.

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