The family of Magilligan GAA player Steven Deeney have expressed thanks to his club mates working to ensure his memory lives on.
The 33-year-old died in January during a training session with his Saint Aidan’s GAC team mates at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Limavady.
Club chairman, Peter Mullan, said St. Aidan’s was determined to make sure the young dad-of-one left a legacy for future generations in the parish.
On Saturday, that desire took a major step forward when the Club held its annual Golf Classic in Greencastle to raise funds to develop a gym/exercise facility at their clubhouse, in memory of Steven.
Steven’s sister, Nicola Deeney, said the support from the Club, and further afield, has been amazing since her brother passed away. She said the family seeing the support for themselves in Greencastle - with more than 200 people taking part - really touched them.
“When we saw all the names and people taking part it was fantastic to see it for ourselves,” said Nicola, who said the family miss Steven terribly.
“The support has meant a lot,” said Nicola, “and we want to thank everyone.”
Peter Mullan said every pound raised from the day goes towards the new facility, which he hopes will be complete within the next year.
“We want to make sure that Steven’s memory lives on, and and also that generations to come will benefit from his legacy. It means that Steven’s memory will always be fresh,” said Peter.
Peter thanked Club committee members and players, all the sponsors and supporters for making the event such a success. He said a special ‘thank you’ to the main sponsor, Ryan McLaughlin and Willis McLaughlin of ‘Granny Annie’s’ in Limavady.
“We are overwhelmed by the support,” said Peter. “We are very grateful to Willis and Ryan who expressed a wish to get involved and be the main sponsor.
“They knew Steven as he was involved in the refurbishment at Granny Annie’s so they had that close tie, and it was lovely to see them in Greencastle on Saturday. The Club are very grateful.”