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Michael Herron just lived for Lamh Dhearg and Antrim

 

Devoted: Michael Herron was a familiar face to Antrim GAA
Devoted: Michael Herron was a familiar face to Antrim GAA

The Lamh Dhearg club has lost a true stalwart with the passing of Michael Herron.

A member of one of Antrim's best-known GAA families, Michael served the Hannahstown club in various roles down through the decades and played a big part in helping to bring it to prominence.

A former player, manager and committee member, his enthusiasm for the club knew no bounds.

Nothing gave him greater satisfaction than when Lamh Dhearg won the Antrim Senior Football Championship title in 2017.

He also devoted much of his time to serving the South Antrim Executive in various capacities and it goes without saying that he was an ardent supporter of the Antrim county football and hurling teams throughout his life.

Michael was a colourful, friendly character who loved to show pride in his family, club and county.

His driving ambition was to see players in the various GAA codes in Antrim provided with adequate competitions and games, and he enjoyed nothing better than attending matches throughout Ireland.

He also had a soft spot for Tyrone, the county from which his late father Joe hailed, and if Antrim were not in action, then the Red Hands got his backing without hesitation.

When Tyrone met Antrim in the 2009 Ulster final, though, his heart was with Antrim as his family got behind their beloved county team.

His smiling face and ready good humour helped to make him one of the most popular figures on the Antrim GAA scene.

He was always willing to lend a hand wherever it was needed and nothing was too much trouble to him, especially if it was related to the welfare of his beloved Lamh Dhearg club.

The broad smile 'Big Mickey' wore when presenting trophies to juveniles or other teams will remain a lasting memory and will indeed remain a poignant, fitting and lasting tribute to his love of his family, club and Gaelic games.

Michael's funeral took place yesterday and was largely attended. Deepest sympathy is extended to his son Kevin; daughters Catriona, Grainne and Fiona; brothers Jim and Barney, sister Maura and grandchildren Ciaran, Caoimhin, Charlie, Ronan and Niamh.

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