Carraig na bhFear's Ollie Dorgan was well known as a supporter of GAA at every level

Carraig na bhFear's Ollie Dorgan was well known as a supporter of GAA at every level
James Forde of Carraig na bhFear wins possession against Ballinascarthy during the 2019 JAHC semi-final. The late Ollie Dorgan was a passionate Carraig supporter. Picture: David Keane.

THE LATE Ollie Dorgan was a well-known figure in sporting circles in Carraig na bhFear and beyond, a passionate fan of the GAA, especially, at all levels.

In his early 70s, he had been in ill health for a while which he bore with great dignity. 

In his younger days he loved to listen to the late Michael O'Hehir on radio broadcasting coverage of hurling and football long before TV. He had a huge interest in Gaelic Games but never played. 

That didn't mean he wasn't able to contribute hugely to the GAA. He was involved in management and mentoring of teams in Carraig going back many years. He was also on the grounds committee and the first to be contacted for cutting the pitch and lining the field for games. 

He attended matches around Cork and beyond and was a familiar face to many. He had a great interest in up and coming Cork players, particularly at U16 and minor. 

He had a vast knowledge and would spot a rising player who was destined for greatness, particularly through the Harty Cup circuit.

He helped out as an umpire with many referees within Cork and further afield. Ollie was a great Cork follower and attended matches all over Ireland being a regular at Croke Park on big days. 

In his earlier days he was also a keen Trout Angler representing Glenville/Kildinan Trout Angling Club. He spent many hours on the banks of the River Bride. 

He was a previously member of the Glenville Handball and Squash club. He pulled Tug O'War with the great Keame club in the 60s and was a member of their successful team that won All-Ireland Senior honours in the late 60s. 

Dorgan was a very good neighbour and helped out many people in need. A religious man, he was an organiser of the Cloyne Diocesan Lourdes trips and yearly he would do a Night Vigil to Knock. 

The late Ollie really was a gentleman and was also a presiding officer at Glenville National School on the day of elections for many years. 

His funeral was held last week in accordance with HSE and Government guidelines relating to public gatherings due to Covid-19. 

There was a guard of honour by the Carraig na Bhear GAA club as the cortege made its way to the Church of the Immaculate Conception for Requiem Mass and his coffin was draped in the Carraig colours. 

Interment took place to Dunbollogue Cemetery. To his brothers, Willie, John, Jimmy, sisters in law, Breda, Helena, nephews Cian, Keiran, Aaron, niece Caroline relatives neighbours and many friends we tender our sincere sympathy.

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