Every team has its ups and downs, it's wins and losses. Yesterday, the Pinson and Gallagher families, the Gaels and our Irish community suffered a great loss - Jennifer Gallagher passed on, leaving a wake of sorrow, sadness and loving memories.
Jenny Gallagher was a loving and devoted mother and wife to Jack and Greg. She was the most giving person who always put others above herself. When you met Jenny she brightened up your day and wanted to know how you were doing. Others always came first in the most natural and sincere way. In her vocation as a nurse, she cared for those with most acute needs in the burn unit, the ER and most recently was recognized for her work with the Aurora shooting victims by President Obama. We were all very proud of her.
We got to know Jenny as a teammate in 1999, she was a proud Meath woman who played on the first Ladies football team at the North American Finals in 2000. While Jenny and the ladies did not win that year, she led the support from the sidelines as they drove our mens football team to an historic Junior B championship. Overnight Jenny became a much loved member of our tight knit community which for many of us functions as a second family in America.
Jenny was excited to be back playing football this year and was enjoying the Friday night games at Infinity Park and also played on the Denver Gaels ladies football team at the recent Irish festival, beating teams from San Francisco and Dallas to win the tournament. She so loved to be with the Ladies that were her team mates and so many who were her very close friends. Memories of trips with the Gaels whether it was for tournaments, camping in Moab, or surfing in Costa Rica would never have been so fond had Jenny not been there. We will always remember her wonderful smile, her loving and sharing nature.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg, Jack, the Pinson and Gallagher families and as a mark of respect all Denver Gaels practices and games will be cancelled until after this weekend.
Arrangements for memorial services are still being determined and we will share more information once it becomes available.
Bloscadh id aghaidh is soilse id ghaire. Suaimhneas ar sop agat.
Radiance in your face and light in your laugh. May you sleep without worry.
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