Joe McDonagh ‘leaves a lasting legacy’

Brian Fahy, former Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club Chairman and teaching colleague at Colaiste Einde

“Joe was such a great fella, he was a one in a million type of guy.  When I started teaching I just found him a really inspiring figure, not only in GAA terms, but in the way he carried himself.  Joe was a brilliant communicator, he was a beacon of light in our school.

“He was a past pupil, and he brought a lot to the table in whatever he did.  What always struck me was his great love of language and learning, he was a tremendous leader.  He had tremendous qualities, but most of all he was passionate and infectious.

“You’d always learn something when you reflected on a conversation you had with him.  He is looked upon as a great leader in the GAA and rightly so.  Joe is held in huge esteem, and any time I travelled abroad the people held him in huge esteem.

“Joe could relate to the President of Ireland and he could also make the so called ordinary man feel good about themselves, his words carried so much meaning.  He was a very innovative person, he was able to get things over the line.  In our school three pictures are evident when you come inside the door, Brendan O’hEithir, Enda Colleran, and Joe McDonagh.”

Joe McDonagh


‘Joe McDonagh returning to Colaiste Einde with the Liam McCarty cup alongside Galway captain Joe Connolly after winning the All-Ireland Hurling Final in 1980’

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