Bowling community mourns passing of Bryan

Bryan Magrath.
Bryan Magrath.

The Mid-Antrim bowling community has been saddened by the passing of Bryan Magrath.

The Ballymena man, who passed away following a period of illness, was a well-known and respected figure in both the indoor and outdoor formats of the sport.

Bryan was recognised as a tremendous competitor on the green and mat but someone who played the game in the most sporting manner.

In the short mat game, he was a key player for Ballymena Indoor Bowling Club, Ballymena United Social Club and, as recently as the season just past, Old Bleach.

He was a respected player and member of the Mid-Antrim Zone team and achieved international recognition with his selection for the Irish B team.

In the outdoor game, Bryan was an honorary member of Ballymena Bowling Club and at the club’s annual dinner last November, he presented the club with a new honours board.

Most recently he had played his club bowls for Old Bleach in Randalstown and had been elected President of the Neillsbrook club for the 2015 season, which begins this weekend.

As well as being a talented player, Bryan was also a highly-skilled administrator, whose achievements including organising the annual Michelin floodlit pairs tournament at Ballymena Bowling Club.

A schoolteacher by profession, Bryan also used his communication and literary skills as a regular contributor of Ballymena Bowling Club reports to the local press for many years.

Bryan also was passionate in his efforts to raise money for charity and initiated the annual Magrath Charity Shield fixture.

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

His funeral service will take place this Sunday at West Presbyterian Church at 3pm, with interment afterwards at Ballee cemetery.