Last Thursday, Westerns GFC and the local community in Reaghstown said goodbye to one of their own James ‘Jimmy’ Drumgoole. His funeral took place on Sunday at St Malachy’s Church in Reaghstown where a huge congregation came out to bid farewell to their good friend.
In a tribute sent to ThisIsArdee.ie, the local GAA club look back on Jimmy’s long affiliation with the club.
The Late James (Jimmy) Drumgoole RIP
1968 – 2017
“The multitude on the mount of olive would be nothing to the crowd I’ll bring tonight”, a line uttered by “Covey” played by Jimmy Drumgoole in the recent Wild Goose Lodge Movie.
The above quote was so apt with the huge turnout for Jimmy’s Funeral. Jimmy passed away on 9th February following a long and courageous battle with illness.
He began his own footballing career in the green and gold of Westerns GFC, and by his own admission, he was never highest in the pecking order, so you can imagine his surprise when he was selected for trials for the Louth Seniors! Off course, Jimmy duly attended but it soon became apparent it was a case of mistaken identity – Jimmy’s cousin Joey Drumgoole was in fact the intended target.
Jimmy gave so much to the juveniles of the Westerns. His belief was that the youth were the future of the club and he dedicated proceeds of the many plays and variety shows he organized with Aclint Drama Group to both the Westerns GFC adult & juvenile teams.
The ultimate staunch ‘Westerns Man’, Jimmy was always willing to help his beloved club in any way he could. He was a committee member for most of his short life. Indeed, he served as Chairman in 2010 and 2011 for the 60th Anniversary of the Club, in a role where he brought his own always colorful style and ideas. Jimmy took great pride in the up keep and appearance of his beloved football ground in Reaghstown.
His remains were brought to the Westerns GFC pitch on his way home from St. Christopher’s Hospice in Cavan for one, final inspection where a large attendance lined up outside the ground to pay their respects. There was also a huge turnout from both past and present players and committee members for his Guard Of Honour at his funeral on Sunday – such was the high esteem Jimmy was held in.
He will be sadly missed not only among the Westerns fraternity but by the wider community as a whole who had the pleasure to know him for his infectious humour, quick wit and of course, gift of the gab!
‘God Save Your Honour, Look What Fell to Earth’
Ardheis Dé Go Raibh a N-anam Dilís.