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The late Cyril O’Boyle: 1951 All-Ireland champion

Cyril O Boyle at his 90th birthday last year pictured with his wife Noreen. Photo Brian McDaid

THE death of Cyril O’Boyle has been learned of with great sadness.

Born in Kincasslagh on February 23, 1926, Cyril (91) became the first Donegal man to win the All Ireland Senior men’s cross country in 1951 – the year he also secured the Ulster Junior and Senior and National Junior and Senior titles – an achievement that has not been equalled since.

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Having emigrated to the United States as an infant, he returned to Donegal, and Drumany, on the death of his grand father when he was seven years old.
A couple of years working in St Conal’s Hospital was followed by a short spell in England before Cyril and his wife Noreen (nee Conaghan) settled in Scotland with their two daughters Moira and Pat.
Having taken early retirement at the age of 54 years the couple moved back to Donegal and Breenagh to a small cottage they bought and renovated a number of years earlier.

 

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