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27 Jun 2022

Death mourned of former Donegal hurling manager Eamon Campbell

The Setanta clubman was manager when Donegal reached their first Nicky Rackard Cup final in 2006

Death mourned of former Donegal hurling manager Eamon Campbell

The late Eamon Campbell. Photo: Sportsfile

There is widespread sadness across Donegal and in the Ulster hurling community following the death of former Donegal senior hurling manager Eamon Campbell.

The late Mr Campbell passed away at his late residence at Ballinacor, Crossroads, Killygordon.

In 2006, he was the Donegal manager who guided Donegal to their first Nicky Rackard Cup final.

Donegal lost out to Derry at Croke Park, but Eamon was the man who helped to break a mould for Donegal hurling.

The likes of Dany Cullen and Kevin Campbell, his son, were given their senior bows under his management.

Eamon - and, indeed, the entire Campbell family - was deeply immersed in the Setanta hurling club and was a selector in 2017 when they won the Ulster Junior title, defeating Na Magha 2-17 to 3-11 in Ballybofey.

Kevin Campbell clipped 11 points in that win while Paul Campbell, another son, was the manager.

Formerly from Loughguile in Antrim and Maghera, County Derry, Eamon also had a spell as the Setanta manager.

He died at home on Monday, June 6.

He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen, children Mark, Paul, Meave, Kevin and Clare.

Eamon was the cherished brother of Mary (Scotland) and the late Willie, Harry and Margaret Rose.

Remains are reposing at his late residence from 1pm on Tuesday, June 7.

Funeral leaving from there on Thursday, June , at 11.30am for Requiem Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, Killygordon, at 12 noon with interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.

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