With love – Football clubs unite to remember kind-hearted Kevin
A friendly soccer match was held in memory of a “positive, kind-hearted” father-of-five who passed away following a short illness. Wilderness Rovers and Clonmel Town Football Clubs gathered at the grounds of Rovers in tribute to former player and member, Kevin Duggan – who passed away last May.
A large attendance, including past and current players, and Kevin’s family and friends, united to remember their friend and loved one.
Before kick-off, manager of Clonmel Town B team and former team-mate of Kevin, Paddy O’Donoghue spoke of the sadness experienced by a tight-knit community when word spread of Kevin’s passing.
Kevin’s family was then invited onto the pitch where flowers and photographs were presented to family members.
The number two jerseys from both clubs were laid on the centre circle, the number Kevin wore as a player, along with his beloved Aston Villa jersey and his football boots.
Both sets of players then joined in a minute’s heartfelt applause in honour of their former player and friend before kick-off.
Joseph O’Donoghue a neighbour, and former team-mate of Kevin who is secretary of Wilderness Rovers, told The Premier that Kevin was a player who always put the team first.
“He was such a great member of the club, he was a gentleman and a most kind-hearted person. He enjoyed playing and always gave everything for the club.
“No matter how sick he was over the last few months, his concern was always for his wife and children. He was a special person and we all miss him so much.”
Rovers manager George Henry said the club wished to thank everyone who attended the game and thanked Clonmel Town for playing its part in remembering Kevin.