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RIP Paul "Lally" Hally

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Paul "Lally" Hally sadly passed away on Thursday last. Lally was the club's most loyal supporter for many decades and one of Clonmel's great characters. Lally travelled the length and breadth of Ireland supporting Town and his rallying call of "C'mon the Town Now" is associated for many years with us. Lally loved the atmosphere, camaraderie, banter of junior football on a match day. He always enjoyed the post-match celebrations and I have great memories of Lally singing his favourite song "St. Theresa of the Rose" on long coach journey's home from games. Lally always had a warm greeting and smile when he met you on the town and his infectious laugh would always cheer people up. Lally's brother Timmy was one of the finest footballers ever to play for Clonmel Town and sadly passed away a few years ago. Our annual Winter League is named in his honour. Lally was laid to rest on Saturday morning last with a massive turn out of people paying their respects and a beautiful ceremony held. The coffin was draped with our club flag and a copy of our victourious 1994 F.A.I. Junior Cup Final programme buried with Lally. A guard of honour was formed by our club members. His nephew Noel Keeley gave a very moving and humorous recollection during the sermon and summed up Lally's life perfectly. I do not think there was a dry eye in the church as Lally's coffin was removed to a beautiful rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone". Lally was one of life's true gentlemen and it was an honour and privilege for all of us associated with Clonmel Town Football Club to have known him. He will be truly missed. May He Rest in Peace.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:19