The wider community around Arles-Kilcruise GAA club have lost two great stalwarts in recent months.
John McDonald, of Ashfield, Ballickmoyler, was laid to rest on New Year’s Day, just over six weeks after his comrade and first cousin John Conway.
John, known fondly as Johnny, was involved as a selector with the Arles-Kilcruise team throughout most of their years from Junior ‘B’ success to senior in 2003 alongside long-serving manager Larry Wall.
As a player, he won a junior championship with Arles in 1965 and an intermediate in 1967 as well as Leinster minor football medal with Laois in 1967.
His sons John Michael, Jimmy and Karl all played with Arles for a number of years also.
John passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 30 at Hillview Nursing Home in Carlow.
Beloved husband of Betty, much loved father of Lorraine, John Michael, Karl and Jimmy, adored grandfather of Holly and cherished brother of Tom, Mary and Eileen.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, daughter, grandchild, daughter-in-law Miranda, brother, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
His funeral mass and burial took place in Arles on New Year’s Day.
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