Members of Longford County Council have paid tribute to the late John Donlon from Newtowncashel, who played on the famous Longford football teams of 1966 and â€˜68, and served two terms as a County Councillor for the Ballymahon area.
Leading the tributes, County Mayor Larry Bannon described Mr Donlon as a â€œlegendâ€ in his own right, and that he â€œbrought honour and glory to Longford on the football fieldâ€.
Adding his voice to the series of glowing tributes, Cllr Barney Steele said that Mr Donlon was â€œa great footballer and an exceptional character who always made you feel good.â€
Cllr SeÃ¡n Farrell told the chamber he had known Mr Donlon for many years, saying he was a â€œgreat councillorâ€ and that councillors who served at the time â€œserved for the cause of public serviceâ€, before adding that his death meant â€œanother link with that great team, that great era is brokenâ€.
One council member who witnessed Mr Donlonâ€™s exploits in Longfordâ€™s famous 1966 National Football League triumph was Cllr Denis Glennon. â€œIt was my Leaving Cert year,â€ he recalled. â€œJohn Donlon showed his worth that day. It was a marvellous game but a tough, tough game.â€
Cllr Glennon also revealed he later faced Mr Donlon on the football field, admitting that â€œyouâ€™d stay out of his way on the field because he took no prisoners!â€