The south Longford community of Lanesboro and Newtowncashel were plunged into mourning yesterday (Tuesday) following the sudden death of Longford ladies footballer Alison Smyth.
Widely regarded as being amongst the most outstanding sportswomen of her generation, the popular Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) student was also noted for her excellent displays with Longford Falcons Basketball Team.
The daughter of former Cashel and Longford star Brendan Smyth, Alison’s performances on the football field culminated in a National Ladies All-Star nomination for the county player in 2009.
Back at the beginning of September, she played a starring role in helping her club, Rathcline Ladies, win the 2011 County Ladies Junior Football title.
She is survived by her parents, Pat and Brendan, sister Janice and brother Gordon.
A presentation to underage players scheduled to be held in Newtowncashel’s ‘The Hill’ Hall on behalf of the Southern Gaels club this week was postponed as a mark of respect.