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Death of noted bygone Sligo football star

THE DEATH has occurred of one of Sligo's best known Gaelic football stalwarts.

The late Jim Killoran played full back on a star studded Sligo which played reigning All Ireland senior football champions Galway in the 1965 Connacht Final.

Killoran was also one of a group of Sligo players who travelled at weekends by boat and plane from their work in England to play for the county in that era.

That group included Paddy Christie, Brendan O'Boyle, Brendan McCauley, Frank Gaffney, Jim Killoran.

The Sligo 'county' careers of that era were overshadowed by two great Galway teams at both provincial and national level.

Later Years

Deceased grew up near the Sligo/Roscommon border but in his later years Mr Killoran lived near Sligo town.

Up to last year he regularly exercised at lunch time from his home to the town centre.

His funeral will take place next Tuesday, with his removal at 10.30am to St. Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan, Sligo arriving for Mass of the Resurrection at 11am with burial afterwards in Ballinafad Cemetery.

For the record the Sligo and Galway team which lined out in that 1965 Connacht Final were:-


Noel Mullaney;

Padraig Keane;
Jim Killoran;
Gerry McManus; 

Sean Durcan;
Cathal Cawley;
Liam Caffrey;

Brendan McCauley;
Bill Shannon;

Mick Marren;
Danny McHugh;
MIckey Kearns;

Joe Hannon;
Mick Durcan;
Niall Farry.

Sub: Peter Brennan for Hannon.


Johnny Geraghty;

John Bosco McDermott;
Noel Tierney;
Sean Meade;

John Donnellan;
Enda Colleran;
Martin Newell;

Pat Donnellan;
Mick Reynolds;

Cyril Dunne;
Mattie McDonagh;
Seamus Leydon;

Christy Tyrell;
Sean Cleary;
John Keenan.

Sub: Mick Garret for Reynolds.