The Passing of Des Coen a true friend and Supporter of Galway Camogie has left a legacy of memories for many people. A man who was an outstanding hurler with Killimordaly and Galway over many years in his playing days made a tremendous contribution to Athenry and Galway Camogie in his later years. Des was very much a hands on, person and if he led on the playing fields, he also led off the playing fields.
With his daughter Darrelle and Noreen, both playing camogie with Athenry and Galway, Des played a leading role in their development. As well as being involved at every level in Athenry camogie, from Club chairman to team manager, Des Coen gave many years’ service to Galway Camogie also. Des served as selector of Galway Intermediate and senior camogie teams.
He was Vice Chairperson of Galway Camogie board when Galway made the historic break though in winning the first All Ireland senior title in 1996 and also served in various committees at county level. He was also one of the leading camogie referees in the county.
Des would have been extremely proud to have watched his daughter Noreen make a valuable contribution after being introduced as a substitute in Galway’s wonderful All Ireland senior final victory on Sunday last.
At the time of his passing Des Coen was Vice President of Galway Camogie Board.
Galway Camogie extend sympathies to Moira, Darrelle and Noreen, Des Junior and the extended Coen family.