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GAA: Ballymaguigan pay tribute to Eamonn

By John Campbell

The Ballymaguigan club is set to push the boat out in terms of honouring one of its most famous sons.



When former Derry manager Eamonn Coleman (pictured) died earlier this year, his loss was felt most by his family and by his home club.



Eamonn had started his playing career with the St Trea's outfit and shared in their epic Derry senior championship success in 1962.



He won Minor and Under 21 medals with Derry in the '60s and had gone on to make a huge impact as a senior county boss, taking charge of Cavan, Longford and of course Derry.



He enjoyed his greatest sporting moment in 1993 when he guided Derry to their only All Ireland title to date.



Now the Ballymaguigan club is to implement a major fund-raising drive so that a fitting memorial can be put in place to Eamonn.



A gala banquet is being held next year in tandem with other events and the memorial fund is certain to be boosted quickly.



Ballymaguigan officials have already made it clear that nothing will be spared to ensure that Eamonn's legacy is honoured in suitable fashion.



Eamonn left an indelible imprint wherever he went, his jocular disposition winning him a host of friends.



The Ballymaguigan club, which also produced the famous McKeever brothers Dinny (now deceased) and Jim, will unveil more detailed plans for their gala banquet in due course

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