The late Ray Fagan.

Tributes paid on passing of man with deep involvement in local sport scene

Tributes have been paid to a well-known figure in the sporting world of the region.

Ray Fagan, Mayfield Grove, Athlone, died suddenly in the excellent care of Beaumont Hospital ICU on Friday last.

Predeceased by his brother John and his parents Jack and Maura, he is sadly missed by his adored wife Mary, children David and his fiancé Janine, Brendan, Alison and Emma, brother Donal and sister Hilary, extended family Nicola Daly, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many cherished friends.

The late Mr Fagan had been captain of Athlone Golf Club at the time of his death.

The club said it was with great sadness that it learned of his “very sudden and untimely death”.

“Ray was held in high esteem as a Captain by all the members. He was also a highly respected and hardworking member of our club.”

The club said he would be greatly missed but fondly remembered.

Buccaneers Rugby Football Club also mourned his sudden passing.

He had been club president in season 2014/15.

A native of Dublin, he had been involved in rugby for five decades, having played with Old Belvedere and CYM where he was also honoured with the Presidency.

Ray, a Level 2 coach, was quickly immersed in coaching at Minis and Youths before progressing to the Seconds and U-20s. He also coached Marist College and Athlone Community College squads and was Connacht Branch U-13 and U-15 League Secretary whilst also representing the club as Underage Representative to the Connacht Branch IRFU and being Schools and Youths Liaison Officer there. He recently served as the club’s Senior Representative to the Connacht Branch IRFU.

Ray held many roles at Buccaneers including Minis Co-Ordinator, Youths Secretary and Chairman of Football whilst he also found time to referee.

Buccaneers offered its heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mary, sons David and Brendan, daughters Emma and Alison, and wider family. May he rest in eternal peace.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and by adhering to government guidelines, a private funeral will take place for Ray for family members only.

For those who wish to view the livestream of Ray's Funeral Mass please follow the link below on Monday at 12 noon:

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