Marie McAleer, RIP

ALL of us at the Ladies Gaelic Football Association are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marie McAleer, a much-loved and highly-respected former Roscommon player and official.

The phenomenal growth and success of Ladies Gaelic Football traces its roots back to the pioneering visionaries who played and promoted the sport – and Marie was central to this work.

An outstanding player, Marie was the first chair of the Roscommon Ladies Gaelic Football county board while still active on the field when it took shape in 1974.

Marie was also a founder member and first vice-President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).

Her passion and drive for our sport continued since then and was put to good use on several national and county board committees, while she was also instrumental in the establishment of the Roscommon Gaels Ladies Gaelic Football club in 2000.

Marie, who was appointed as Connacht Council delegate in 2004, before returning to her role as a Central Council delegate in 2006, was secretary of Roscommon LGFA from 2009 until she stepped down at the 2022 AGM, held on December 6.

In February 2018, Marie’s rich contribution to Ladies Gaelic Football was acknowledged when she received a prestigious GAA President’s award.

Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, Mícheál Naughton, said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of Marie McAleer’s passing. Marie was there right from the very start, when the LGFA was first formed, and she provided years of incredible service to our Association. 

“Marie was a tireless worker on behalf of the LGFA, a wonderful player in her day and an administrator who went above and beyond the call of duty. We extend our deepest sympathies to Marie’s family and wide circle of friends and colleagues. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.” 

Please click HERE to read a tribute in the Roscommon Herald.

Please click HERE for funeral details.

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