Eugene McGee has been described as a devoted family man who always had time for people he worked with, both on and off the field.
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral mass of the former journalist and All-Ireland winning manager at St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford this morning.
The rain spilled down on the mourners outside of St Mel’s Cathedral this morning much like it did on Offaly supporters on a fateful day in September 1982 when Eugene McGee guided the county to their last All-Ireland football success against Kerry.
However as Fr Michael McGrath remarked during this morning’s funeral mass at St Mel’s Cathedral, the 77-year-old often claimed that the best thing he ever received from Offaly was his wife Marion.
Figures from the world of GAA, such as Sean Boylan and John O’Mahony, as well as members of that historic five in a row dashing Offaly side were among the mourners at St Mel’s this morning, with the cortege guided up Longford’s Main Street by a group of motorcycles from Freewheelers M.C which included Eugene’s daughter Linda.
Fr Michael McGrath told the mass that the north Longford native had a massive influence on people that he never even met:
Gifts of a football and a book were brought up to symbolise his twin passions and in an emotional eulogy, his son Conor McGee told the mass that his father was a man who combined life inside and outside of their home with little fuss:
Eugene McGee will be laid to rest in Aughnacliffe cemetery this afternoon.