Seamus Dooley RIP
Seamus Dooley RIP
November 13, 2020
This morning we awoke to the awful news that we knew was coming. Seamus Dooley has passed away.
To call him Mr. GAA is unfair, he was much more than that. He was a player, a referee, a delegate, an Officer. He was in charge of the pitch, he was in charge of the refreshments. He was the liaison with Manhattan College where he had the ear of all the coaches all the way to the President's office. He was the Chairperson of the New York GAA when the field was developed. He was our Central Council Delegate who had a wonderful relationship with Croke Park. Most of all, he was our friend.
To his daughter Amanda, her husband Mike and their children, to all of his relatives we issue our heartfelt sympathy. Today you have lost someone very special, someone who at any time would give you the shirt from his back, someone who always sided with the underdog and someone who wore his heart on his sleeve. From a young age Seamus raised Amanda alone after the tragic too young passing of his wife Genie and she was always the light of his life.
The Monaghan Club have also today lost their leading light. A delegate for decades who passionately argued and fought every battle on their behalf, whether right or wrong. Again, he held every role right up to President of the Club. He also was a lifelong supporter of the Monaghan County team and his home club Killaney.
This morning there are many Immigrants to New York who will remember Seamus and what he did for them, even if it was just a kind word. It was in his nature to help everyone and he got countless jobs, apartments and contacts for many young people who would not have had anyone to turn to. It did not matter where you were from, although being from Monaghan was a help.
Seamus was one of life’s great characters whose very presence enlivened every gathering he was a part of. His hearty laugh, his booming voice, his very presence will be remembered forever by all who knew him. A natural storyteller, with a great wit who was not above a little exaggeration every now and then.
Many stories will be told over the next few days about the legend that was Seamus Dooley, some true, some not so true and some outrageous ones.
Today, it seems appropriate that it is a dull grey day. When Seamus was around the world was a brighter better place and it was always great to see him come in to wherever you were, often with the Irish newspapers under his arm and a smile and a word for everyone in the room, looking to take part in a game of cards or argue a square ball against Monaghan from 1979…
We will miss him deeply and he will be in our hearts forever.
Rest in peace my friend.
Funeral arrangements to follow