Tribute paid to ‘great competitor’ Bryan

Bryan Magrath was a successful bowler in both the outdoor and indoor versions of the sport. INAT 25-371CS

Bryan Magrath was a successful bowler in both the outdoor and indoor versions of the sport. INAT 25-371CS

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The local bowling community was saddened to hear of the death of Bryan Magrath, who passed away following a period of illness last Thursday.

Bryan played indoor bowls for BIBC, BUSC, Old Bleach and Kilrea, represented Mid Antrim Zone and achieved international recognition with a call up to the Irish B team.

He travelled all over Northern Ireland competing and winning short mat tournaments and was also an inspiration to many young local bowlers when in his capacity as a school teacher he took some of his pupils to a local church hall and introduced them to the sport.

In the outdoor format he played many years for Ballymena Bowling Club. He was a past President and an honorary member of the club and during his time at Ballymena he won many team and individual titles. In recent years he played club bowls for Old Bleach and had been elected President for the 2015 season.

Off the green, Bryan set up and ran a website for the Northern Ireland Private Greens League and for many years he ran the Michelin floodlit tournament at Ballymena Bowling Club. He also helped raise the club’s profile in the local community and for many years he compiled weekly newspaper reports.

A few years ago he put up the Magrath Charity Shield and those matches and also charity quizzes which he ran have raised many thousands of pounds for local cancer charities.

He was a great competitor both on and off the green and mat and even during his illness over the last few years Bryan continued to play the game and was an inspiration to many with his positive attitude.

Bryan is survived by wife Karen, daughter Jennifer and son Andrew.

Graham Wilson