Barney Preece: one of Newry pool league greats

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

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THE committee of the Newry Pool League postponed last Thursday's Pairs fixtures out of respect for the sadly departed Barney Preece and they sent this poignant message to his family.

"The Newry Pool League sends its deepest sympathy to Damien and Jenny Preece on the sad loss of their son, brother and father Brendan (Barney) Preece.

Barney has been a member of the Newry and District Pool League for the past 16 years. To all who knew Barney on the pool circuit he will be sadly missed, especially by his teammates at Dan's.

We, the Committee of Newry Pool League, will undoubtedly miss the fastest pool player ever to grace the Newry League. Sleep with the stars Barney. Rest in peace.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Barney's family at this sad time."

Lovely sentiments. And the late great Barney's death last Monday was a cruel blow to everyone who knew the happy-go-lucky man.

The Barcroft cueist, who played for Dan's A in the Newry pool League, was an enthusiastic and talented player and had won most of the most important individual prizes in the local league, including the biggie - The Open Individual title.

The charismatic Preece was also the Division Two Individual champion and he won the Pairs title with Anthony Morgan.

Newry league secretary Micky Cunningham who refereed the Division Two final when Barney defeated Alan Burke said: "Barney, a member of the Vegas Casino Pool League for the past 16 years, was sensational that night and gave one of the finest exhibitions of pool playing I have ever seen."

But Barney's sporting talents were most certainly not confined to pool as he he was a multi-talented athlete. Barney was a top class footballer who played with lots of different clubs in the Carnbane League, including Barcroft, Finn Harps and Bessbrook United.

But probably his proudest soccer moment came in 2009 when, with Finn Harps, he won the Examiner Golden Boot as the top scorer in Division One.

Furthermore in recent years, while helping the 'Fight for Alfie' charity, he took up running and boxing - and he proved quite handy at these sports too.

Barney Preece R.I.P.


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