By Pat Delaney
THE sudden death of Willie (Murt) Treacy on Friday last caused great sadness across The Heath and Emo as word spread on Saturday morning. Equally stunned were people in Portlaoise where Willie was a popular member of the teaching staff of Portlaoise Vocational School in the late ‘60 and ‘70s.
Murt claimed a senior football championship medal with The Heath in 1974 and played on the losing team three years previous. Murt also played inter-county football for Laois in 1971/1972.
In later years Murt, who would have celebrated his 74th birthday in the next two weeks, and his wife Kathleen were keen golfers claiming honours on several occasions.
Predeceased by his brother Séan and sister Nuala, Murt is mourned by his wife Kathleen, children Fionán, Sinéad, Billy and Karen, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren Holly, Hazel, Clodagh, Aoibhinn, Isabelle and Oliver, sister Anne, brothers Pat and Tom, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and a wide circle of friends.
Funeral arrangements later.