Owen McCann R.I.P.

OWEN McCANN RIP – 4/1/14

By Tony McGee

It was with deep regret that we learned on Saturday, January 4 about the death of our long-time member Owen McCann. Dublin-based Owen may not have been known personally to all our members as, in recent years, he has been in failing health and has not been even able to attend our annual banquet, which he and his brother Eddie did many times.

Owen, the ultimate bachelor, was domiciled in Dublin for many, many years but he was always a Donegal man and he, along with Eddie, followed their native county through thick and thin times. Neither drove a vehicle so they, normally, travelled by public transport throughout Ireland. His Dublin colleagues were often on hand to offer a lift but, whether or not that was available, Owen would have been in attendance at Donegal games.

Away back in the sixties Owen was editor of the now defunct Gaelic Games magazine and it was during his period with the publication that I got to know him. We became firm friends and, on one occasion, we travelled together to Toronto along with the Allstar Football and Hurling teams plus the All-Ireland Football and Hurling champions for the exhibition matches at the SkyDome.

Owen covered all the games under the GAA banner and was a keen handball fan, writing authoritatively on the sport.

He has been retired for a considerable length of time and had periods of ill health but his death has come as a shock to many people and his passing will be mourned throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. He was one of the old school, a real gentleman with a good word for everyone.

Ceann de na iriseoirí is fearr sa tír agus cara dilís ab ea é agus duine a bhí grá mhór aige do Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a chur chuig a theaglach and chuig a chairde uilig.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa.

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Here we print the death notice announcing his passing and it gives some information on his life and family:

McCann (Artane, Dublin and formerly of Moville, Co. Donegal) (3rd January 2014) (Co founder of Moville GAA Club and former Gaelic games journalist and author) (peacefully) in the great care of the staff of Beaumont Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Owen, predeceased by his brother Jack and very sadly missed by his brother Eddie, sister-in-law Ann, nieces Elaine and Colette, nephews John and Rory, friends and good neighbours, particularly the Stone family.


We are most grateful to his good friend, Sean Creedon, for his assistance and Sean tells us that Owen often told the story of how, when he was a young boy, he made the journey by boat from Greencastle to Magilligan to play a challenge game against a local team on the Northern side.


It is very clear from all of this that Owen was a very talented and creative person and had a great skill of imparting knowledge in a very readable and attractive manner. He also had a life of great experiences and was a very versatile person. I never met Owen but from all I have gathered since his death he was a very interesting person with a wealth of knowledge and a wondeful ability to tell the story and a man in whose company hours would seem but minutes. May he rest in peace.


From Webmaster

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The above is taken from the back cover to the Shell Book of the MacCarthy Cup. He later updated the book with Seán Og.