Christy O’Loughlin, RIP

It is with deep regret that Ballinrobe GAA Club records the passing of Christy O’Loughlin, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe.

Mr O’Loughlin made an enormous contribution to our club, and many other aspects of community life in Ballinrobe.

A native of Corrofin, Co. Clare, he moved to Ballinrobe in 1970 to work as farm manager at the agricultural research station at Creagh, Ballinrobe. He became immersed in the activities of Ballinrobe GAA Club, and for many years, it was a rarity for a club game to take place without Christy in attendance, almost invariably accompanied by his wife Anna.

They travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to support Ballinrobe GAA Club, Ballinrobe CBS and Ballinrobe Community School teams. Christy served for a period as vice chairman of our club, and was also heavily involved in the physical developments of our club facilities at Flanagan Park. He also played an active part in Ballinrobe hurling club during the 1970s and 1980s.

Not surprisingly, they reared a family steeped in the GAA, and the O’Loughlin name was a regular fixture on club teams at all levels throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Family members also contributed at coaching and administrative levels within the club. In recent years, a third generation of O’Loughlin’s have started to wear the club jersey, an enormous source of pride to Christy and Anna.

Christy O’Loughlin was an intensely popular person in our club and community. He was a prominent member of the local Agricultural Show and fishing organisations. He was respected for his good humour, sense of optimism, and willingness to contribute in whatever way he could.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Anna; sons James, PJ, Brendan, Declan and Fergal;  daughter Evelyn; daughters-in-law; son-in-law; grandchildren and extended family members on their grave loss because, most of all, Christy was a devoted family man. May he rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are available here:

–          Alan Flannery, Chairman, Ballinrobe GAA Club