Search

09 Aug 2022

Passing of Laois Athletics great Ray McGill

laois athletics

The late Ray McGill

The recent passing of Ray McGill, Emo Park, Ballybrittas severed a link with the St Conleths Ballybrittas Athletic Club cross country team of the 60’s.

Ray passed to his eternal reward on 24th January last.

He was an integral part of the St Conleths team which dominated Laois Cross Country in the early to mid 60’s. Their Senior Mens team won four Laois Senior Cross Country Championships in a row, from 1963 to 1966 inclusive.

Consistency was the hallmark of Ray’s performances, as he produced many excellent displays of cross country running.

His best ever performance was in 1963, when he finished in 3rd place on a gruelling 7 and a half mile course at Monavea Crettyard.

His clubmate Jimmy O’Connor won that race, finishing ahead of Pat Knowles St Abbans in second.

Ray went on to be a vital team scorer on all 4 of their championship winning teams, in what was a golden era for the Ballybrittas based club.

Their panel of runners in that golden era was;

Jimmy O’Connor (who went on to win two Individual Titles), Ray McGill, Donal Fenlon, Tom Fenlon, Paddy Ward, Eddie Slevin, Christy O’Connor, Kevin Keogh, Brian Walsh, Dan Kavanagh.

Rest in Peace Ray.

Tribute by Laois Athletics

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.