Club News — 20 January 2017

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our longstanding member, Matt Rudden.

Matt’s sudden death has shocked everyone associated with Donore Harriers. Matt was ever-present in the club, a complete gentleman with a word for everyone.

As a young man he was an outstanding distance athlete and all-Ireland champion.

His contribution to Donore Harriers has been phenomenal and generous. He and his brothers Mick and Charlie with the help of his son Kieran and nephew Matthew built our wonderful clubhouse. He has been one of the truly inspirational and most respected members in the history of this great club and a trusted friend to us all. The wider athletics community here and abroad also share our respect for Matt. To know Matt was a privilege. He was a doer and an achiever, dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in all his endeavours.

To his wife Mary, and family Judy, Kieran and Valerie, to grandchild and champion athlete Jack, and all the extended family, the club offers its heartfelt condolences. Matt, the gentle man was a treasure and beloved by all in Donore Harriers. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

~Maurice Ahern

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

The clubhouse will be closed between 12 and 1pm on Saturday as a mark of respect during the funeral mass.


(1) Reader Comment

  1. Matt always had a smile on his face and was a great inspiration for me going way back to when I was running track and cross country in grade school.
    Paul Rudden

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