Breda Curran, 2017 LGFA Hall of Fame Inductee, RIP

WEXFORD native Breda Curran, the 2017 inductee into the Ladies Gaelic Football Hall of Fame, has passed away.

A multi-talented and hugely-respected administrator, Breda fulfilled a number of roles on behalf of her club, Shelmalier, and the Wexford board over many years.

Breda first became involved with the Shelmalier Ladies Football club as a volunteer fundraiser in 1996, and worked tirelessly on behalf of her club for well over 20 years. 

Breda was elected as club secretary in January 1997 – a role she held for eleven years.

Having stepped down from that position, Breda took over the role of club registrar, which she held until her sad passing. 

She returned as club secretary in 2016, and was also the recent holder of this position.

Affectionately known as ‘the mother of Wexford ladies football’, Breda was county secretary for a number of years, and was county registrar and website coordinator.

25 November 2017; Breda Curran, from Co Wexford, is presented with the Hall of Fame award by Ard Stiúrthóir TG4, Alan Esslemont and President of LGFA Marie Hickey during the TG4 Ladies Football All-Star Awards at the CityWest Hotel in Saggart, Co Dublin. 

As secretary, Breda was renowned for her attendance to detail and observance of rules, and she ensured that teams, mentors and coaches were aware of their responsibilities.

She travelled the length and breadth of Ireland with various teams, collecting on gates for both Leinster and Wexford.

In recent times, Breda had also worked diligently on behalf of the Wexford GAA supporters club, helping to organise race nights while also compiling event programmes.

Breda was renowned as a tireless worker on behalf of club and county, and regularly went above and beyond the call of duty. 

She also served recently as the Leinster Council’s current Assistant Treasurer.

During Breda’s time involved with Shelmalier Ladies Football, the club’s remarkable roll of honour reads as follows:

1 All Ireland Senior Championship
3 Leinster Senior Championships
15 County Senior Championships
15 County Senior League titles
2 Junior Championships
3 Junior League titles
12 minor Championships
7 U16 County Championships
7 U14 County Championships
1 All Ireland Féile Championship
7 U14 County Féile titles
3 U12 County Championships

Breda was officially inducted into the Ladies Gaelic Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 25 2017, at a gala banquet at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam. 

Funeral arrangements: 

Breda CURRAN (née Doyle) Ballyvaloo, Blackwater, Wexford

Peacefully, surrounded by her family, in the loving care of the nurses and staff at Knockeen Nursing Home, Barntown.

Breda will be sadly missed and remembered with love by her husband Jimmy, daughters Bríd and Caroline, grand-daughters Caoimhe and Aoibhínn, her brothers Jimmy, John, Ollie, Michael and Pat, sisters Joan, Liz and Mary, in-laws, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

May Breda Rest In Peace

Reposing at her home on Sunday, 4th Feb., 2018 from 12 noon. Funeral will arrive to St Brigid’s Church, Blackwater on Monday for Funeral Mass at 12 noon, followed by interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

House private on Monday please.

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