The late Dermot Gallagher, Harlockstown, Ashbourne, Meath and Ck-on-Shannon, Leitrim.
Leitrim GAA wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Dermot Gallagher, who passed away yesterday morning. Dermot, a former Leitrim Minor Footballer in 1964, in advance of taking up a hugely distinguished career in the public service. In a career spanning four decades, he was elevated to some of the highest offices in the land, having served as Secretary-General to the Department of Foreign Affairs and served as the Irelands Ambassador to the United States.
He was essentially a very proud Leitrim man. He was an active member of the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim Supporters Club and always enjoyed the annual Dublin launch. Indeed in January 2009, he was the person chosen to officially launch the fundraising drive of that particular year in the Herbert Park Hotel. The fact that he viewed this as a singular honour was a measure of his deep humility and the very embodiment of the fact that he just loved his Leitrim roots and upbringing. A frequent spectator at Leitrim matches, he never lost faith in the team and firmly believed our fate will turn if we keep building the foundations at youth level.
Many tributes have been paid to the late Dermot over the past 24 hours from some of the highest offices in the land including that of Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D Higgins.
Leitrim GAA held a minutes silence in honour of Dermot in advance of the Connacht FBD League encounter in Ballinamore yesterday afternoon.
A selection of national tributes are contained here courtesy of the Leitrim Observer
Reposing at his home from 4am on Tuesday. Removal on Tuesday at 6.30pm arriving at the Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am. followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
16-Jan-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO