Sligo Rovers Football Club conveys its sympathies to the family of former member of the management committee Martin Keaveney, who has passed away. Martin was a Member of the Board in the late sixties, and the family association with Rovers was maintained with his son Fergal serving as club treasurer for a number of years.
As well as being a dedicated Rovers volunteer, Martin was one of Sligo’s best known businessmen, devoting almost sixty years to the tool-making and plastics industries. He committed much of his time to public service, and had the honour of being elected Mayor of Sligo in 1973.
The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Tom MacSharry recalled that Martin had many outstanding highlights in his business career – his was the first Irish toolmaking company to export to the U.S and Africa, and was the first person from the West of Ireland to win the national Jacob’s Award for ‘Outstanding Young Man the Year’
Martin would go on to fulfil this early potential throughout his life, and was elected to Sligo Corporation on his first attempt. He was highly regarded across the political spectrum as an honourableand decent gentleman, a man of his word who adhered to the highest standards in his public life.
He was also very fondly remembered by the Sligo Rovers family. For many years after he had left the Management Committee, Martin was always available to help out on match days or with the various fundraising campaigns
In his later years Martin would often share with this family and friends his memories of the Club he served with such distinction
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.