Gaoth Dobhair mourns passing of Fred Coll

first_imgGaoth Dobhair is in mourning following the passing of former county councillor and soccer icon Fred Coll.The late Mr Coll, who passed away this morning, in Aras Ghaoth Dobhair, was a highly influential figure in the area.A long-time independent Councillor on Donegal County Council, he was one of the leading lights in the foundation of the Donegal Junior League in 1971. He had been one of the key figures in the re-forming of the Gweedore Celtic club in the 1960s following his return to the area from Scotland in the 1960s.Fred, from Derrybeg, is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen and is survived by a large family circle.In a tribute posted on social media, Gweedore Celtic said: “Fred Coll was the driving force behind the renaissance of soccer in Gweedore and as part of the Donegal League when it was established in 1971. “On his return from Scotland in the 60s he re-established Gweedore Celtic and along with Colm Mc Bride set in in motion a period of domination on the local soccer scene that lasted into the mid 80’s.“At a time when it was neither popular or profitable, Fred’s determination in establishing a strong soccer club in Gweedore was what drove him and others on to making Gweedore Celtic a force to be reckoned with and a club that made many friends throughout Donegal and further afield.“Rest in peace Fred. Everyone at the club would like to express our sincere condolences to the Coll Family at this sad time.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.”His remains are reposing at his late residence.Funeral from there on Monday morning going to St Mary’s Church, Derrybeg for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in Magheragallon Cemetery. Gaoth Dobhair mourns passing of Fred Coll was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Junior LeagueFRED COLLGaoth DobhairGweedorelast_img

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