Morgan McElligott from the 1948 Olympic Rowing Eight RIP

February 17, 2016

On Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 Morgan McElligott of the 1948  Olympic Eight sadly passed away.

Sadly missed by his loving wife Rena, daughters Aedamar, Melisa, Miranda and Sharon, sister, sons-in-law Christian, John, David and Vincent, grandchildren Christophe, Jacques, Charles, Georgina and Meaghan, in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

Rest in Peace

Requiem Mass on Saturday in the Church of Our Lady’s Queen of Peace, Coosan at 1pm with burial afterwards in Kiltoom Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Heart Foundation. House private


Olympian, Oarsman, Club Captain, Doctor, Father, Husband and Family Man

A genuinely very nice man and always the greatest of company.
The IARU held a special general meeting on 11 June 1948, and strongly endorsed an executive proposal that an all-Ireland entry for the Games should be made.

University College Dublin Boat Club, under the Captaincy of Morgan McElligott, were the holders of the Irish Amateur Rowing Union Senor Eights Championship, and on 10th July they went to Belfast, and retained their title, six of their crew, winning for the second time.

Morgan was a Medical student at the time in UCD and he went on to have a distinguished medical career. He worked for 33 years in and ran the Cardiology Unit in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.

This UCD eight had an enthusiastic band of groupies, with Morgan McElligott very much the pin-up boy.

Still Swimming a kilometer on a daily basis and up to a few years ago he could still be seen out rowing with his lifelong friend and stroke of the Olympic Eight, the late Paddy Dooley.

(From 2012 Archive)


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