Shock at sudden passing of well-known businessman Dessie McLoughlin

‘Boyle has lost one of its great sons’

There is shock in Boyle and countywide this week at the sudden death of well-known businessman Desmond (Dessie) McLoughlin, a major employer in the town and a highly respected community figure over many years.

Mr McLoughlin was holidaying in San Francisco in the United States when he passed away suddenly on Saturday, 30th of March last. He was aged 61.

A highly respected and popular figure in the Boyle area and beyond, Dessie McLoughlin positively touched the lives of many people through his career as a businessman and also by his long and dedicated support of the local community on many fronts.

The late Desmond McLoughlin established Trojan IT in 1988. Offering business software solutions and managed IT services, the company grew massively in the following years, becoming a significant employer for the town of Boyle. Mr McLoughlin was also a founding director of Shannonside Radio.

A keen sports enthusiast, he was a member of the Roscommon team that won the 1981 Connacht Minor Football Championship. At club level he starred in many Boyle teams over the years and also served with great distinction in a variety of administrative and coaching capacities.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Boyle GAA Club paid tribute to the late Dessie McLoughlin, highlighting some of the sporting contributions he had made over the years.

“He was a key member of the 1981 Roscommon Minor Connacht Championship winning team and starred on many Boyle teams throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, including the 1983 and 1996 Intermediate County Championship winning teams”.

The statement noted that beyond Gaelic football, Dessie “excelled at everything he did (in sport) including basketball, soccer and cycling”, and that when he did hang up his boots, he “continued to help out when and where he could” by serving on the GAA club executive, and through coaching at many different underage grades. He generously provided financial support for the club too.

“His guidance and advice throughout the last number of years helped the club grow from strength to strength”.

Mr McLoughlin was a passionate community activist in Boyle who was always willing to support local initiatives.

The Boyle GAA Facebook post added: “Dessie was a Boyle man through and through, having grown up in Elphin Street and living his whole life in the town he loved so much”.

The statement noted that Boyle has “lost one of its great sons” adding “his energy and love for Boyle, its clubs and its people will be sorely missed”.

The late Desmond McLoughlin is mourned by his wife Margaret, his mother Nuala, his children Kyle, Ben and Gina, extended family members, and his many friends. May he rest in peace.