Joe Donohoe Obituary, Death – The members of the illala GAA would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Joe Donohoe’s family after learning of his passing early on Saturday morning. My deepest condolences go out to his wife, Gretta, their daughters Siobhán and Maura, and their sons Liam, Michéal, Séan, and Donie, as well as his extended family and friends. Following in their father Joe’s footsteps, brothers Liam, Michéal, Sean, and Donie have all competed for Killala GAA at different levels.
He said this because Joe always felt that he could have contributed more to the junior team’s success. Due to the difficulties associated with immigration, the Killala club did not field a team during the latter half of the 1950s and the majority of the 1960s; nevertheless, the club was reestablished in 1969. Joe served as the club’s first treasurer and was a member of the group that was responsible for the development of the club grounds, which are today known as Gerry Maheady Park.
Joe was a member of both the senior and junior teams for Killala and Mayo, typically playing on the wing back position, which was his preferred position. In 1955, he was a member of the Mayo Junior squad that won the Connacht championship. After that, in 1956, 1957, and 1958, he was selected to play for the senior team. Joe always reflected that, despite the fact that being brought into the senior panel in the winter of 1956 was an honor for him, there was always a small bit of sorrow that he hadn’t still been with the junior squad that went on to win the All-Ireland title in 1957.
Because Joe was the principal of the nursery at Killala National School when young football players in the area were first starting out, he was a significant contributor to the growth of youth football in Killala.