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27/10/2021

Derry championship games called off following the death of main sponsor Hugh McWilliams

All three senior hurling games have been postponed

Derry championship games called of following the death of main sponsor Hugh McWilliams

Derry championship games called of following the death of main sponsor Hugh McWilliams (Pic: Mary K Burke)

All three senior hurling championship games have been called off as a mark of respect to sponsor Hugh McWilliams, who died suddenly on Friday.

Hugh was the Managing Director of Ballinascreen company H&A Mechanical Services, who have been the county's main sponsor since 2016 and are also backers of the club leagues.

Ballinsacreen, also sponsored by H&A, were due to play Lavey on Sunday in the senior hurling championship.  The game has been postponed.  Saturday's games Kevin Lynch's v Coleraine and Swatragh v Banagher have also been postponed.

"Derry GAA are devastated at the untimely death of Hugh McWilliams," read a County Board statement.

"Hugh was a giant of generosity. He was unstinting in his support for county, club and community.  The GAA was a way of life for Hugh and his untimely death will be a shock across the county," the statement continued.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, his family and everyone at the Ballinascreen club at this time."

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