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A Tribute to the late Mick Quinn, RIP

posted 16 Mar 2020, 05:19 by bornacoola leitrim
It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of a great club man in Mick Quinn (Ballygeehar) who died last week after a lengthy and brave battle with illness. 

Originally from near Ballinamuck, Mick was a prominent player with the club over the years and also starred on stage for the Bors along with wife Veronica as part of the renowned set dancing team that travelled the country in the 1980’s. Those great social times for the club were recalled in many stories over the course of the weekend and the memories of a special time in our history were brought to life. But Mick was also a prominent coach with underage teams in this period and his love for the GAA and for the club was inculcated in all of his children and the Quinn family contributed greatly to Bornacoola successes both on and off the field. 

Mick was fiercely proud of all of his children and indeed of their commitment to the club and daughters Siobhan, Aisling and Fiona were particularly well known for their participation on multiple Scór teams over the years. Sons Michael, Brendan and Kevin went on to star on the field in the Black and Amber at both underage (where they won countless medals) and adult levels before emigrating to Australia where they now reside. Kevin was also part of the Leitrim minor panel that won the Connacht Minor Football Championship in 1998. 

However, Mick’s love for his children was only surpassed by his love for his wife and great friend wife Veronica (Mahon), who sadly passed away in 2012. It was a blow from which I think Mick never truly recovered as you very seldom ever saw Mick without Veronica and vice versa. 

Sadly due to the current pandemic, the club and parish didn’t get to say the type of goodbye that Mick deserved over the course of the weekend. However, there were queues of people at the church on Saturday to sign the book of condolence and this gave an indication of the esteem in which he was held. Members of the club – many former teammates and many whom he had coached as youngsters – formed a guard of honour as his remains were brought from St Michael’s to the graveyard in Clonmorris on Sunday morning. 

To his children and grandchildren, to his brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and the extended Quinn family we offer our deepest sympathies. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.