Legendary Dr. Hugh Gibbons laid to rest

The funeral took place at the weekend of former Roscommon TD and football star Dr.  Hugh Gibbons, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 91.    Tanaiste Brian Cowen TD was the most senior member of the government in the  attendance which also included local TD Michael Finneran, other TDs from the region,  Senators, councillors GAA officials and a huge number of people from Co. Roscommon surrounding areas.    Dr. Gibbons’ remains were emoved from Shivnan’s Funeral Home in Ballyfarnon to Keadue Church on Friday evening last and he was buried in Kilronan Cemetary after requiem mass which was celebrated on Saturday afternoon in Keadue.   Dr. Gibbons was born in Ballybeg, Strokestown in 1916. He was a distinguished footballer and was part of successful Strokestown teams in the 30’s before he won an All-Ireland junior medal with Roscommon in 1940.   He was also part of the Roscommon team who won successive All-Ireland  senior titles in 1943 and 1944. Dr. Gibbons was involved with his adopted club, St. Ronans, for over six  decades and was also a former President of Roscommon Co. Board of the GAA.   On the political front Dr. Gibbons contested a bye-election in Roscommon in 1964 for Fianna Fail when he was defeated by Joan Burke of Fine Gael.   However a year later Dr. Gibbons was elected to the Dail along with Brian Lenihan (FF) and Joan Burke (FG).    Dr. Gibbons served as TD for Roscommon from 1965 to 1977. He was re-elected in the general election of 1969 and 1973. He retired from national politics in 1977 to concentrate on his medical practice in Keadue where he campaigned on behalf of the community there for many years.   Dr. Gibbons is survived by his sons Dr.  Brian, Luke, Conal and Hugh and by daughters Joanne and Berna. He is also survived by his sisters Bridget (Strokestown), Betty (Strokestown) and Dympna (Boyle), daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, brother-in-law, nieces nephews, further relatives and a large circle of friends.