GAA’s Guard of Honour for young Michael

Michael McConville
Michael McConville

Clann Eireann members formed a Guard of Honour at the funeral of the late Michael McConville on Tuesday as the 31-year-old was laid to rest.

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside the McConville home in Allenhill Drive Lurgan as the body of the young GAA stalwart was brought to St Peter’s Church for Requiem Mass.

Mr McConville, who worked at the Southern Health Trust, died suddenly on New Year’s Day.

The widely respected and popular 31-year-old was an avid GAA fan and had been a very talented player.

Michael, the son of Tony and Kathleen McConville, had planned to marry his fiancee Emma McDonald later this year. The couple have two young children, Aedan and Caitlin.

He is also deeply mourned by his siblings Karen, Paul, Brian and Gary and wide family circle.

Clann Eireann said: “Michael was an extremely popular, well loved member of our club and his loss is devastating to everyone who knew him.

“He was involved in many facets of our Club from the youth and social club to playing underage and senior football and in more recent times taking up a coaching role, a role which he particularly enjoyed.

“Michael will be forever remembered for his huge smile and his unquestionable passion for his club, the club he loved and that loved him.

“Just this past season he helped coach the U-16 boys team to Armagh and Ulster glory as well as being part of the senior squad which were crowned League & Championship winners.

“The club’s committee and members wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the McConville and McDonald families on the death of Michael.

Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said: “Everybody in the community is devastated. He was a very popular young man. Michael had given an enormous amount to his fellow citizens.”