Just before going to press on Wednesday, the Roscommon People learned of the death of Athleague native, Johnny Haughey, a man synonymous with Roscommon hurling, and who served as County Hurling Board Secretary for over half a century.
Mr. Haughey, who was 93, was one of Roscommon GAA’s best-known figures, and also served as the county’s delegate on the Connacht Council.
The Athleague man was inducted into the Roscommon GAA Hall of Fame in 2012 and a sculpture honouring his lifelong service to hurling in the county was unveiled in his native parish in 2020.
The late Mr. Haughey ran a landmark shop in Athleague village for many years. His passing is the end of an era for Roscommon GAA. Johnny Haughey was an extremely popular individual whose passion for hurling inspired generations of players. (Full tribute in next week’s issue, and online).