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James McVeigh

James McVeigh, Randalstown, 26th December 2020.  James R.I.P passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving parents Jim & Louise. Brother of Anthony and Clare (Smyth).

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing mum and dad, brother and sister, brother-in-law JJ, sister-in-law Eimear, nephews Tadhg, Senan, Éanna, Olly, Ríoghan and neice Oona, all the McVeigh and McCurdy families, Tír na nÓg GAC, Ardoyne GAC,Warwickshire GAA, Antrim GAA and Ulster GAA. 

Book Owner: Tír na nÓg GAC Randalstown
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Leela Doherty

Mr Mc.Veigh, you will be sorely missed. You taught me so much in school at Archbishop Ilsley, and you were the most supportive and funny form tutor a kid could ask for. This news has honestly broken my heart. Rest easy Mr. McVeigh, you meant so much to so many people. Especially our form …


Manor High School, various staff

Debbie Bennett – He will be remembered for the legend that he was… an inspiration to so many young people… many happy memories treasured by so many…. RIP James ❤ xxx Sincere condolences to James’ family…What a devastating loss… a really lovely man 😢 💕   Bal Randhawa-Nangat – So shocked to hear this sad news …

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Manor High School staff

JAMES McVEIGH — or fondly known as ‘Jim, Jimbo and McVeigh’. James joined Manor High School, Wednesbury in the West Midlands in July 2005. He had been recruited by Sandwell LEA to teach Humanities and English. From the first time we met him, in Belfast, we knew that he was going to be a true …

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Rakesh Mal (posted by C.Clarke)

Some really nice messages on here. It’s a lovely tribute and so true. I wouldn’t expect anything less. Jimmy is a legend! Still shocked about him passing. We worked together at Manor High School 😢😢 …

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Naz Manku (posted by C.Clarke)

I knew James when we both worked at Manor, such a nice guy. He got on well with us all, and was loved by all the staff. Such a shame. Condolences to his family, may he Rest in Peace 🙏 …

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Anthony McLaughlin

I was very shocked to receive the sad news of James’ passing over the Christmas period. He was a character and a half who wore his GAA heart on his sleeve. I had a great time reffing James’ teams in Warwickshire (Erin Go Bragh and James Connollys) as well the annual British University tournament …

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Barry O'Donnell

Communities near and far have lost a great friend, worker and advocate of all that is GAA. James was part of the panel that took my son Hugh for the U14 Antrim football development squad. Always there, always helping, always offering one to one advice, always picking up the bibs, the balls that are …

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Jim McGrath

James when your mother and father decided to move back to Randalstown the home of your grandfather and great grandfather – The Skipper – you improved the club more than anyone could have imagined. You brought your great enthusiasm for all things gaelic, your ability to coach, your positive approach to everything the club …

Jim McGrath

The Heffron Family

James We watched our daughter (trouble number 1 as you called her) grow a deep love for sport with you as her coach. You believed in every one of those kids and they knew it. You put so much time into organising blitzes for them and those experiences will stay with those kids forever. …

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Ellie McGeehan

It is hard to believe that when I go to Tir Na Nog you won’t be there. I always loved training with you in football and getting taught new skills by you, you were the best coach and the nicest person. I will always remember you and miss you greatly. Rest in peace James  …


Paul Law

Still in shock following James’ passing, very difficult to find the words that would do James justice. James was a colleague of mine at Ulster GAA and we worked together with Antrim u14 Development squad the last 2 years. We developed a close friendship that I am forever grateful for. James taught me a …

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Michael Higgins

James, I still can’t process the news that we all got on Boxing Day morning.  You will be massively missed around whitehill and that hole will never be filled. It’s hard to believe that the next time I drive through the gates of the club for training or a match that I won’t see …

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Darren O'Kane

In life you meet a lot of people but only a few of them will be big characters. James was one of them big characters. The way he could relate to people was amazing to watch and encounter. He was a beacon of support, help, encouragement and knowledge as well as having a great …

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Shane hinfey

I have still not come to terms with your passing and don’t believe I ever will. You were a major character about the club and had a massive effect on me as a player. You were more than just a coach we seen you as a friend, always smiling and laughing, I have never …

Shane hinfey

Eddie Higgins

Always confident in your abilities, always positive. Kids and adults you have work with love, admired you.  Always had the one liners and banter. Brought Tir na nog on so much and I think the same for every club you work with. Taked from us far far too soon, you had so much more …

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Sean McLaren

It was a pleasure working with James at Ulster GAA. The first time I met you, you were the loudest person in the building. You done nothing but slag everyone that Hurling was so much better than Gaelic Football. You weren’t far wrong. We worked at Cul Camps together, I’ll never forget your Baby …

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I had the pleasure of working with James for a period of time at Ulster GAA. The first time I met him was at a staff Christmas party where everyone including James was happy. The more I got to know him I realised that ‘happy’ was his default position. Always smiling and always full …


Chris Mooney

Had the pleasure of playing for Jim as a young lad for Ard Eoin Kickhams. He was a legend, a gentleman and a great mentor. We shared many great memories as as team and Jim was always central to that. He had amazing belief in us as young men, in a time when  that …

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Ciaran McKeown

Condolences to the McVeigh family. Not just an honour to be coached by James but to get to know the wonderful person he truly was will be something I will take comfort in and will remember forever.  James was a larger than life character and would always have you laughing in a matter of …

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Vincent Martin

It truly is so difficult to find the words that does justice to James. Before meeting James I heard club members chat about him. When I had the privilege of meeting him for the very first time I was not disappointed. From then to now I can safely say that James is the most …

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Michael Tolan

It’s so hard to believe that we won’t see you again James, you were an absolute gentleman that will be sorely missed at Tir Na Nog. You were an absolute pleasure to be around and the enjoyment you brought to GAA will never be forgot! You brought the best out of everyone! I will …

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Rooney Family

My son started up at tir nag nóg a couple years ago and started in the fundamentals group under James. He just loved James and telling his granda all about what he was shown. James will be greatly missed by a lot of wee ones especially Odhrán when they are finally allowed to go …

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Ryan McShane

Worked with james for a number of years at Ulster GAA and seen him again on a visit to his club a few months back and then just as always he was full craic and a smile. A true gael Rest in peace James …

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Justin, Ciarraí Bonnes and family

It is with a heavy heart that we write this message from our family to yours.   James epitomised everything that the GAA stood for, his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the progression of both the games and the culture was relentless! Tír na nÓg lost one of its greatest gaels on Boxing Day …

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Pat Slevin

It is still so hard to comprehend that I won’t see James again. I knew him for all too short a time. I met James through his outrreach work from Rarhmore a few years back. Such a grounded and generous man with an infectious enthusiasm for the GAA. His smile and giving nature will …

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