The death of Joe Mahon from Gurteen, Ballickmoyler, has been greeted with widespread sadness in the Killeen community.
He was heavily involved with Arles-Killeen GAA club whom his four sons played with and was an ever-present at committee meetings and matches over the years.
A good-humoured man, who farmed in the area all his life, he was never short of a witty comment or two in the aftermath of games, whether it be Laois or Arles-Killeen he was supporting.
Joe also played rugby with distinction for many years – both with Carlow and Athy.
“It is with deep regret that we have learned of the passing of Joe Mahon,” said Arles-Killeen in a post on Facebook.
“Joe will be a big loss to Arles-Killeen as a valued club member who was always available to help out in many ways and he also played a big part in the Killeen community as a supporter and contributor of all community events.”
Joe passed away peacefully at home on May 2 at his home.
Beloved husband of Sarah, much loved father of Arnold, Eamonn, Joseph and John, adored grandfather of Cillian, Luke, Julia, Eamonn, Katie, Jack and Tomas and cherished brother of Seamus, Arnold, Vincent, Eileen, Maura, Kathleen, Vera and the late Eugene.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, grandchildren, daughters-in-law Jenny, Mary, Maria and Sarah, brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, uncle Paddy, nephews, nieces, relatives, good neighbours and friends.