The death has taken place of Seamus Heery, a member of Meath's 1949 All-Ireland winning team who later captained the county side.
The Rathkenny clubman who later made his home at Collon, made his senior county debut as a 22 year-old in the Leinster campaign against Wexford in 1949, playing in the defence, beginning a successful period with Meath.
He took part in the famous three-in-a row games against Louth, and was on the team that beat Westmeath in the Leinster final.
Having seen off Mayo in the All Ireland semi-final, Meath ended Cavan's three-in-a-row All Ireland dream in 1949, with Heery playing at right half back, opposed by JJ Cassidy and later in the game, Victor Sherlock. He had an outstanding match, contributing much to the victory.
He was on a North Meath combination side that saw off Skryne in the senior county championship final of 1950, and became captain of the county team in 1951, when the county won the National League on a trip to New York, but lost the All Ireland a month earlier to Sean Flanagan's Mayo. His career was curtailed by back injury.
Heery, Seamus, Starinagh, Collon, Co. Meath 5/11/14. Peacefully at his residence, former 1949 Meath All Ireland Winner. Sadly missed by his loving wife Margaret, sons David, Barry, Neville and Ronan, daughters Orla and Susan, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brother Joe, sisters Rita, Babs, Bernadette and Monica,, relatives and large circle of friends.
Rest in Peace
Reposing at this daughter’s Orla’s residence (Starinagh) this Thursday from 3pm to 9pm and Friday to 3pm to 9pm. Removal Saturday at 11.15am to the Church at Mary Immaculate, Collon to arrive for funeral Mass at 12 noon and burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Collon. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Palliative Care and Irish Cancer Society.House private saturday morning