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Name: kev McVeagh Jnr
28/8/2011
Mick Ill never forgot the time we drove back from toome, we lost the game by about 40 points. but that didnt stop us getting on the beer.
i didint even know you and straight away you welcomed me to the club with a cold beer fresh from lidl. we drove back in mcshanes car and chricky mckees phone rang his ringtone was dancing in the dark happy harcore style! we laughed and drank the whole way home. only for you to inviute me out that evening!

a gentle man, that i will miss very much.

Name: Pearse McCormick
28/8/2011
Full house at Croke Park rose to applause rather than a minute's silence for big Mick. No more fitting tribute.
Name: Ray Compston
27/8/2011
Mick, you are an irrepressible sprit, a man that has touched us all with your infectious enthusiasm and radiant good humour. I had the great pleasure of knowing you from a young age and from the very start it was clear that you were an exceptional person and you grew to be a man with that rarest of qualities, the capacity to see the best in everyone.

You lived life to the full but always ensured that you gave back 10 fold.  The juveniles of  St Agnes’s are better people for having known you and your loss has been very hard for them to accept, its is a measure of you that my phone and door have not stopped with calls from the guys expressing their disbelief with many of them crying unashamedly.

Mick every thing you did was done with an ease that I loved to watch, relaxed, caring, effective and always with time for a cheery hello, a joke, or a funny story to share, you taught me how life should be lived!

You will be missed by everyone, but I know that the great qualities you brought to life didn’t just happen.  One minute with your mum and dad is all it takes to know that you are a special son of special parents.

Conor your loss is immense but Mick could not have had a better brother or friend than you and he will be looking down and telling you to be strong and remember he will always be there for you.

I am a better person for having known you and I know that my sons are better people for the qualities you instilled in them as their mentor and friend.

Mick we will never forget you!

Raymond, Karen, Conor, Rory and Orla
Name: Naomh Eoin CLG
27/8/2011
I would on behalf of Naomh Eoin CLG like to pass on our condolences to the McLean family and Naomh Una CLG on the passing of Micheal.

Go ndeana dia trocaire ar anam usal Micheal McLean
Name: Kieran grieve
27/8/2011
It is still hard to take in the news about mick .he was a pleasure to play with and was always good craic in the club after games. Sympathy to the McLean family . R I P big man
Name: Kieran McCoy
27/8/2011
I had the pleasure of Big Micks comany when the two of us drove down to Rasharkin and home again for a league game at the end of July. He talked excitedly about his trip to South America with Slim, finishing his course at Liverpool and teaching, but also about his summer holidays in Mayo as a kid spending most of his schoool holidays down there, it was clear he loved the place almost as much as the Aggies!. I also have the happy memory of a typical big Mick moment on the pitch. Press ganged into goals he did a first class job, 10 mins from the end under pressure from four of their attackers and Lynchy shouting "get rid Mick get rid" he glanced left while taking the ball cleanly looked Kevin in the eye and said "CHILL KEVIN CHILL".

Like many others I simply could not beleive the news we got at the start of the week. Michael was simply one of the most genuine,honest,humerous,unselfish and caring individuals I have ever met. The testaments posted to him from the youngsters he helped mould are both incredibly moving and inspiring. It struck me that someone with a lifetime of teaching behind them would be very proud of leaving such a legacy.

Big Mick I know you have a fornt row seat in the Premium Level in Heaven looking down on Slim the rest of your Family, the kids you helped mould and all your friends in the Aggies. Big Mick RIP.
            
Name: Ciaran Mulgrew
26/8/2011
Like many others who have posted their condolences over the past few days, I have struggled for words to capture the appalling news of Mick's death and none of us can imagine the sorrow of his family in this darkest hour.

Many people have said that Mick was a great guy and a true Gael and of course they are right in that, but it is only part of the story.
Mick became involved in coaching and managing the juvenile teams, not because he had kids who were involved, but because he wanted to put something back. Back into the game, back into the St. Agnes's club and consequently back into his community.
In the times that I managed the U12's with him he had a simple philosophy -  every kid played in every game, win lose or draw, no-one had to stand on the sidelines and watch the parade go by without them, everyone deserved to play.

It was as much about seeing the kids grow as it was about football or hurling and to see the comments here from the players he coached must be both very difficult and very touching for Mick's family.

Sometimes it seems like there is no justice in life and Mick did not deserve to have such  short days, but in those days he touched a lot of people – I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Mick, nor have I ever heard Mick say a bad word about anyone, and that ‘s rare !

I am delighted that Mick was home from Liverpool in time to come down to Dublin with us to see our U12’s play in Croke Park in July just passed.
It is a tremendous memory to have and a photo taken on the pitch that day of Mick, Conor Pelen and I will be smiled over in our house for many years to come.

So farewell Mick, people have said we will not see your like again, but they are wrong, we are very lucky because Conor Mc Lean is cut from the same cloth.
            
Name: christy lynch
26/8/2011
was lucky enough to have spent alot of time in liverpool with michael during his pgce year both on and off the gaelic field. fantastic gael and even better gentleman. forever in our hearts as a british university league winner 2011 with liverpool hope gaa.
Name: Kevin Lynch
26/8/2011
I wish to pass on my sincere sympathy to the McLean family on their devastating loss of a much loved son and brother. I have thought over these past few days of appropriate words to describe Michael and unfortunately they are hard to come by. While the juveniles you coached regarded you as a `true legend' and your teammates live on your legacy will remain as an unsung hero and many a story will be recounted by all who knew you for a lifetime to come. Nobody can take your remarkable spirit away and we all at St Agnes will treasure this forever.
A remarkable young man and no bad footballer and hurler, will be sadly missed always.
Name: Emmanuel Grieve
26/8/2011
My deepest condolences go to the McLean family.
I had the pleasure of playing along side Mick for a couple of seasons and he was an absolute gent, a gael through and through.
He will be sadly missed by many many people.
Name: Philomena Mc Gurk
26/8/2011
Deepest sympathy to Michael"s family on their tragic loss .Michael you were a big gentle giant ,you always had time for everyone and the biggest smile .All the kids in Barney loved you ,it was a pleasure to have known you, god bless Michael RI.P
Name: Kevin
26/8/2011
Mick was definitely one of the good guys in life and you couldn't say anything bad about the guy. It's impossible to say something bad about Big Mick. He's going to be missed by everyone in the aggies.
R.I.P Mick
Name: Lyrics mean so much
26/8/2011
Sorrow and sadness, bitterness, grief
Memories I have of you, won't leave me in peace
My mind is running back, to the west coast of Clare
Thinking of you, the times we had there
 
I walked to Spanish Point, I knew I'd find you there
I stood on the white strand, and you were everywhere
Vivid memories faint, but the mood still remains
I wish I could go back, and be with you again
 
In Miltown there's a pub, its there that I sat down
I see you everywhere, your face is all around
The search for times past, contain such sweet pain
I banish lonesome thoughts, but they return again
 
I walk along the shore, the rain in my face
My mind is numb with grief, of you there is no trace
I'll think of this again, when far off lands I roam
Walking with you, by this cold Atlantic foam
 
Sorrow and sadness, bitterness, grief
Memories I have of you, won't leave me in peace
My mind is running back, to the west coast of Clare
Thinking of you, the times we had there
Name: Big Joe, Margaret & the Girls.
25/8/2011
Big Mick, we have many memories of you both on the pitch and sideline banter. Your big smiley face will be sorely missed. Joe will have to find another white coat man to lean on the upright. Mick, you truly were a role model to us girls and always had us laughing at my dads antics at every Aggies match.
We send our sincere condolences to the McLean family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Míchaél Mór chuid eile i síocháin.
Name: Geraldine Mc Naughton
25/8/2011
Even though you’re gone, Just like Bobby Logan - I’ll remember the good times we had in Scotland & our wee excursions up to watch the mighty Celts (& for getting in trouble for speeding on the way home)!! The good times we had Mick - you made it easy for us to be away from home. Ye kept the lot of us in craic and we wer always singing and laughing!!
All those days we spent at university in Coleraine, the good oul days!! It was a privilage to have had you in my life for so many years, you always brightened up my day! you'll be in my memories forever.
When I get down and really want to cry I’ll just think of the fun times and not wonder why.  Will miss you so much Mick, your smile will never fade.  So watch over us and make sure we're okay and we will see you again someday.
Please could someone post on this details of Mick's funeral as id really like to say one last goodbye xx

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