Joe Mclaughlin RIP
It was with great sadness and shock that we heard of the untimely and tragic death of Joe. He will be sorely missed by everyone. Survived by his parents Willie Joe and Mary (formally McIntyre, Leitrim North, Cloonacool) and his three sisters Danielle, Karyn and Aine.
Joe joined Cloonacool in February 2009 mainly I think for two reasons, because his beloved Carndonagh Club was just too far to travel back to each weekend while studying in Galway and also for me to stop pestering him to join. There was great anticipation of his arrival, I perhaps overplayed his achievements in Donegal to some club officials but we had a good laugh about it when I told him what was expected.
Joe lined out for his first game with Cloonacool against St Pats in the league and by all account gave a good account of himself, before being forced off with an injury to his troubled ankles despite the the best efforts of freezing cold water from the coke bottle. He remained injured for the majority of the season but joined us again toward the end of the league with new ankle straps. These straps seemed to be made out of cast iron and seemed very uncomfortable to wear, but with his huge determination and will to play this became a secondary concern. He started our first Championship match against St Pats in Markievicz Park. Although his ankles held up he was forced off at half time with a hamstring injury. He also played in our quarter final against Eastern Harps.
Although his potential was never realised in a Cloonacool jersey his undoubted ability and determination were evident in his short time with us. It was great that Joe joined us in untimely the final year of his life, because it gave us an opportunity to get to know him. Joe always had the likable factor about him carrying a checky smile with him always. His light might have died but his memory will stay with us forever. God bless you a cousin and a true friend. Ar dheis D?? go raibh a anam