Rory Delargy R.I.P.
Another great character of an earlier generation of swimmers and water polo players has gone with the passing this week of Rory Delargy (96).
Rory joined the fledgling Cathal Brugha club as a teenager in the mid 1930s and would go on to be part of the club for the rest of his life.
A teak tough defender he played Senior Water Polo until he was over fifty and was an active competitive swimmer until he was in his mid eighties.
His times for the 50 metre Freestyle in the masters 75/79 age group (37.69) and 80/84 age group (43.27) still stand as Ulster and Irish records along with the 50m Breaststroke (57.23).
He coached and taught generations of aspiring young members of Brugha and never lost his enthusiasm or keen interest in the affairs of the club where he was treasurer for many years.
The former Short's draughtsman also played his part in the administration of his sport as a delegate to the UBIASA(Now known as Swim Ulster) and as President of The Irish Water Polo Association.
Rory was pre deceased by his wife Sally a few years ago and our deepest sympathy is extended to his children Brendan, Eithne, Rory, Grainne, Fergus and Dermot and all of their extended families.