Fundraising day at the golf club to remember singer and sportsman Harry ‘the legend’ – Armagh I
A day of golf is organized in Armagh this Friday, October 1, in memory of a popular man from the region who died last year.
Harry McGeough (75) had been battling cancer for seven years but died on September 15 two days after contracting Covid-19.
During his cancer illness he was treated at Craigavon Regional Hospital and in recognition of the care he received his wife Brenda organized “Harry Day”.
The money collected will be donated to the Mandeville Unit and to the hospital.
Just three weeks ago, other family members, including some of his grandchildren, climbed Slieve Donard, raising almost £ 3,000 for the same cause.
Passionate about golf, Harry played for the Armagh Golf Club in his youth, as well as Gaelic football for Armagh and Pearse Ógs and hurling for the Cuchulainns and Armagh.
When not working as a butcher, Harry sang evenings and weekends, and was a popular number at weddings and in local bars.
He also sang with the McBrides before going out on his own.
He was still singing until a year before his death, ”said Brenda. “He loved the songs of Neil Diamond.
“Because he was a two-time soccer and hurling player, someone called him ‘the legend’ so that became his nickname and that’s what a lot of people knew him by.”
Around 84 golfers are expected on Friday for Four Ball Day, with a number of prizes up for grabs including the Perpetual Cup.
The first players will leave at 10 a.m. and the awards ceremony will take place at the Red Neds that evening.
“It will be a full day on the golf course,” said Brenda. “My brother Kevin Grimley helped organize it and we have 35 sponsors who each sponsor a hole.”
Brenda, who isn’t a golfer herself but loved being Harry’s caddy, thanked the sponsors for their generosity, those who signed up to play that day and all who donated.
“Everyone has been so generous,” she said. “This is the kind of day Harry would have liked.”
Anyone wishing to donate should contact a family member or, alternatively, collection boxes have been left at Red Neds and Mickey Kelly bars.
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