Peter Lyons, who died last week after a short illness in New York, was laid to rest in his native parish, Knockcroghery, on Monday 25th. October.
Peter was a renowned footballer and hurler with his beloved club St. Patrick’s, and captained the Minor football team in 1960 to a county title. The papers of that era reported that he was outstanding in the final. He captained the club juvenile team to a county title in 1957. On his many trips back to Knockcroghery he was always reminiscing about that great win. He represented his club on the county minor football team at centre half back. He also played county minor hurling, and played senior hurling for Tremane. He emigrated to New York shortly after and the club always acknowledged that he was a big loss.
He played football and hurling in New York. He never lost touch with the happenings of the club and could be seen at football, hurling and camógie matches down through the years, let it be the sportsfield in Knockcroghery, Hyde Park or Athleague, and loved nothing better then meeting up with past players for a chat. When Roscommon played New York in Gaelic Park in the Senior Championship he was sitting on the stand from early on in the day, so as not to miss anyone that travelled from Knockcroghery.