IRVINESTOWN will today (Wednesday) bid a sad farewell to St Molaise GFC stalwart and their esteemed club president, Alo Scallon.
Mr Scallon, who was in his 80s, died peacefully at his home at Scallon Road in Irvinestown on Monday, surrounded by his loving family.
He was appointed as club president of Irvinestown St Molaise GFC in May 2015 after the passing of Malachy Mahon, who had held the position for many years in an honorary capacity.
Alo had been involved with St Molaise for decades and held many positions in the club. He was a faithful attendee at all levels of matches both in St Molaise Park and further afield. Alo was one of the most loyal of gate men not only for the club but also for the county at matches all over Ulster for 40 years.
As a fitting tribute to the club, Alo along with his son Conor spearheaded a beautiful new set of commemorative gates to mark the club’s centenary in 2006 and co-ordinated their relocation to adorn the new entrance to St Molaise Park.
As a mark of respect, all club activity was suspended until after his funeral on Wednesday.
St Molaise Club Secretary Michael Duffy said this week: “Alo was a stalwart of our club and fulfilled various roles over many decades. Our club gates will be a lasting legacy and testimony to Alo and his family and their long association with St Molaise.”
Tributes have also been paid by members of Irvinestown CCÉ, where Alo was a founder member and treasurer for many years and Fintona CCÉ where his son Conor was Vice Chairman and where his grandchildren Dearbhla, Bronach, Ursula and Aoibhin are members.
“Fermanagh CCE county board committee and members are deeply saddened by today’s passing of Alo Scallon who was vice president of the county board for many years and a true CCE supporter.
“Alo was a recognised face in the Comhaltas circles and his gentle, humble presence will be greatly missed,” a Fermanagh Comhaltas spokesman said this week.
He is survived by his wife Ann, children Elizabeth, Conor, Francis and Kevin, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, 16 grandchildren, brother Eamon, sister Mairead and family circle.
His Requiem Mass will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Irvinestown at 11am this morning (Wednesday) followed by Interment in the adjoining cemetery.