It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Vincent Brennan, Ballaghaderreen, Mayo.
Vincent was a very popular figure and will be sadly missed by all in the Handball community. Vincent dedicated his life to the game of Handball and in particular the code of Hardball the oldest form of Handball in Ireland.
Vincent was a driving force in the game promoting the Hardball code at Club, County, Provincial and National level for many years. Vincent hand made the Hardballs which was a skilled and time-consuming process each year for the All-Ireland Championships and did so for over 20 years. The attention to detail and the skill in making and stitching each one is a rare craft skill that very few possess in Ireland today.
Vincent was also a key figure in ensuring so many young players in Ballaghaderreen took up the game of Handball. It was his invaluable work alongside the likes of John Gaffney that enabled Ballaghaderreen to produce so many All-Ireland winners down through the years.
In 2016 Vincent was honoured in Croke Park for a lifetime of service to the GAA and in particular GAA Handball when he received the GAA President's Award for services to the GAA.
GAA Handball offers its sincere sympathies to Vincent’s wife Carmel, sons Campbell, Daryl and Jonathan, daughters Anna and Karen and to his extended family and circle of friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
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