By Dan Walsh
The death has occurred of former Chairman of Wexford GAA County Board and record senior football medal holder Joe O’Shaughnessy, (78), of Coolroe, Castletown.
A farmer who received his early education at Castletown National School and Gorey CBS, Joe played football for Castletown and for Wexford. He played under-age with Gorey Young Emmets and won minor and juvenile county championships, but his major claim was winning nine County Senior Football Championships with Castletown (1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1981) – a county record he shares with his clubmate Oliver Cullen.
He also won Wexford junior and intermediate championships with Liam Mellows, played with the Wexford U21 football team and on the Wexford senior football team between 1966 and 1974.
Following his exploits on the field of play Joe took on many administrative roles and served as Chairman of Wexford GAA County Board for three years, 1990-1993. In 2003, he became Central Council representative.
He was a member of the Castletown GAA Club committee since 1961, served as club chair on two terms (1982-’86) and (2005-’08). Treasurer for several years from 1961.
Well-known and respected for his passion as a GAA player and administrator, he was also a member of Courtown Golf Club and Wexford IFA, and tributes are already pouring in for a record-breaker.
FAMILY NOTICE; The late Joe O’Shaughnessy, Coolroe, Arklow Rock, Wicklow and Gorey. (Passed away peacefully in the loving care of his family after a short illness). Beloved husband of Ann and loving father of Michael, Marcella, Jody, Sarah, Julie, Ellen and Hannah, brother of Charlie, Ted, Larry, Betty, Peggy, Marcella and the late Eileen, Michael, Jack and Billy. He will be very sadly missed by his wife, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandchildren Aoife, Sophia, Joe, Essie, Freddie, Charlie, Billy, Joe and Aoibhin, sons-in-law Matt, Shane, Lubos, Tom, daughters-in-law Caroline and Ciara, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May He Rest In Peace.
Reposing at his Residence on Saturday 25th September from 2 pm until 6 pm. (Eircode Y14 YKO9). Funeral arriving to St. Patrick’s Church Castletown on Sunday 26th September for Funeral Mass at 12.30 pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Family Flowers only please. Donations if desired to The Mater Foundation.
The family very much appreciate your support and co-operation at this sad and difficult time.
Please be aware of Government and HSE Regulations regarding Social Distance for the safety of the Family and those in attendance at the Funeral.