We at the Saffron Gael were saddened to hear of the death of former St. Galls and Antrim footballer Gerard (Gerry) Higgins at the N.I. Hospice on Sunday. Gerry was an outstanding footballer and represented his beloved St. Galls for nearly two decades.
Under the management of PJ O’Hare, Gerry Higgins captained the St. Galls side who won a first Antrim championship for nearly 50 years in 1982. They went on to collect the Ulster title that year before losing narrowly to a strong Clan nGael of Roscommon in the All Ireland semi-final.
Gerry Higgins also captained St. Galls to a number of All Ireland sevens titles and represented Antrim with distinction before becoming part of PJ O’Hare’s management team when he took over the management of the county.
After his retirement from playing Gerry Higgins continued to play an important role with the Milltown Row club as a coach and manager and he served as Vice Chairman for a spell. His sister Monica is the current St. Galls Chairperson.
To his wife Olivia, sons Gareth and Paul, daughter Lisa and to the wider family circle we at the Saffron Gael offer our sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace!
Our Lady of the Gael pray for him