Seanie Coleman

We lost one of our finest clubmen last Saturday with the death

of Seanie Coleman. At 91 years-of-age, the former footballer,

committeeman, selector and lifelong supporter was just two

years younger than the club itself. He was born in 1930 soon

after a group of men, his uncles Paddy Coleman and Willie

Lawless among them, brought the club into existence at a

meeting in Conradh na Gaelige.

Serving the club first of all as a footballer, Seanie – originally

from Mulholland Avenue, but living for almost 60 years in

McDermott’s Terrace – graduated from underage to play senior

among some of the best players the club has produced.

Disappointed to miss out in the 1951 senior final, the team led

by Jack Regan bounced back the following year to take the title,

beating Dowdallshill in the final played at the old Athletic

Grounds. Seanie was at right wing, one of the youngest on the

team, and among his other colleagues were Louth All-Ireland

footballers, Hubert Reynolds and Frank Reid.

When his playing days were over, Seanie took charge of

underage teams, and in 1962 he derived huge satisfaction from

guiding the under-18s to a championship win, the Jimmy

Kelleher-captained side getting the better of O’Rahilly’s in the

final at The Grove. In the years since then he had a number of

stints on the committee, and in the company of his brother,

committee

man, selector and lifelong supporter was just twoal role

in the establishment of the club lotto. At all times he remained

a staunch supporter of our teams, rarely missing a game when

nearly always in the company of his longtime pal, Bertie

Dullaghan, who along with Niall O’Neill, survives from the 1952

team.

Possessed with a wonderful singing voice, Seanie formed the

perfect partnership with his wife, Laura, who predeceased him

by three years. Together they regaled us with wonderful

selection of songs, the first to be called upon whenever there

was a get-together or something to celebrate. A highlight of

their career was their win in a RTE Television contest.

Our club flag flew at half-mast over the weekend, and a

minute’s silence was observed before Saturday night’s game at

Pairc na nGael. Club members were out in strength for the

removal of remains to the Church of the Redeemer and at the

burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery. The coffin was draped in the

club’s colours.

Sympathy is extended to Seanie’s son, Gerard, and his brothers

and sisters.