Portlaoise GAA unites in grief

Chairman Vinny Dowling
The tragic death of Portlaoise woman Gretta Kelly last Friday has been met with huge sadness in town and among sports clubs especially in the Portlaoise GAA club with which she had big family connection.

The tragic death of Portlaoise woman Gretta Kelly last Friday has been met with huge sadness in town and among sports clubs especially in the Portlaoise GAA club with which she had big family connection.

The club and indeed the town have been shrouded in shock with the unexpected death of the well liked and respected lady, aged 48.

Gretta was involved with Portlaoise GAA most of her life, said Club Chairman Vincent Dowling.

“It is a sad day for the family and the club as well. We have gathered round, we are there in support of the family, anything they need will be done,” he said, describing the family as being “steeped in the club”.

The late Mrs Kelly was a former officer and mentor of the ladies club, and was involved with the ladies team for many years.

Her husband Christy was a trainer in underage hurling and is a medic for the senior team.

Their daughter Rebecca is on the ladies football team, and plays basketball locally while their son Adrian is a member of the Portlaoise senior football team and Laois footballer.

A host of GAA fixtures were postponed last weekend including the Leinster Club Championship game against Longford Slashers. Basketball and soccer matches were also postponed.

Rosary at the family home at 9pm this evening Tuesday. Removal on Wednesday morning to St Peter and Pauls Church for 11am Requiem Mass, Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Donations if desired to the Cuisle centre or Cancer research.

In a second tragic death, the body of Shane Finan aged 20, was found on Sunday evening in Derrin, Borris-in-Ossory, confirmed by Portlaoise Gardaí.