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Tributes to 'true gentleman' Dessie Keogh who died aged 64

By Stuart McKinley

Published 08/04/2016

Respected: Dessie Keogh
Respected: Dessie Keogh

Football in Fermanagh is in mourning after a member of one of its most influential families died suddenly.

The passing of Dessie Keogh at the age of 64 has shocked the county in general and the village of Lisnarick in particular.

Dessie played for Lisnarick FC, the club that his brother Brendan helped form, from the late 1960s until it folded in the early 1980s.

He was described as a strong and cultured centre-half and later he retained a close connection with Lisnarick after the club was reformed.

He was a well-known figure in the area and the owner of a printing business.

The Keogh family is synonymous with football in Fermanagh and played a big part in the expansion of the game in the area.

The Brendan Keogh Youth League is named in memory of Dessie's late brother, who was also the secretary of the Fermanagh and Western FA for a great many years.

His surviving brother Peter is also the president of the Lisnarick club.

"The word gentleman is used too often, but Dessie Keogh was a true gentleman," said Lisnarick FC chairman Neil Armstrong.

"I always looked forward to seeing him coming to our matches and he had great conversations with everyone he met.

"He was a real stalwart in the club and in the village and his loss will be felt by everyone who knew him."

Dessie was also a keen golfer and his loss has been felt at Enniskillen Golf Club, where he was a member.

He is survived by wife Catherine and daughters Roisin and Aisling.

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