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RIP Davy Matthews

It’s with great sadness that we report on the passing of out dear friend Davy Matthews. Known to all as “Davy Matt” or just “Matt” he truly was a larger than life character.

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Davy moved to the club from Lurgan in the 1980’s to play U20’s but soon became a fixture in the 1st XV forming a formidable 2nd row partnership with Ernie Ligget, both playing well into the mid 1990’s. He was a ferocious and uncompromising tight forward who’s no nonsense attitude on the pitch endeared him to his teammates and supporters alike. Davy could be very persuasive and would often be first to placate over exuberant members of the opposition and many young players would tell how Davy put the arm around them to guide them safely through their early careers.

Off the field, there was the big laugh, the smile and the eyes filled with mischief that we all loved and remember so well. There are just too many stories to tell, the matches, the tours, the craic and the everlasting friendships. Those who enjoyed the pleasure of his company will no doubt recant the stories and the memories made together in the days and weeks to come.

Out thoughts are with Pamela, the boys, his brothers and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

We will update everyone with funeral arrangements when available.

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