Former Leitrim footballer Joe Canning has passed away after a battle with illness.

Joe was part of the Gortletteragh team that won a Leitrim title in 1970 and represented his county at inter-county level.

He went on to become a key figure in Mullingar club St Lomans.

His son Aidan played for the club and captained Westmeath to an All-Ireland Under-21 title in 1999.

Joe Canning is survived by his wife Rose, his sons Aidan and Derek, daughter Orla, grandchildren and extended family.

A family funeral takes place this morning in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar in keeping with current Government guidelines.




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