Betty Cummins, RIP

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Published on July 13, 2018 with

Moorefield GAA expresses its sadness on the passing of Betty Cummins on Wednesday 11th July. The Club would like to send their deepest sympathies to her husband John, her sons Paul, Owen and Neil and daughter Avril, brothers and sister, sons in law, daughters in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.


Betty Cummins, RIP, served Moorefield Club in many roles

The following chorus of a Gospel hymn contrasts the view from ‘the mountain top’ with that of the view from ‘down in the valley’:

Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain, and you’ve got peace of mind, but things change when you’re down in the valley…

During her involvement in Moorefield Club, Betty Cummins experienced the views from ‘down in the valley’ long before she enjoyed the spectacular views of success from ‘the mountain top’. The climb was not easy: but she was one of the members who contributed to the development of everything that supported the climb as club teams reached the pinnacle of success. 

Long before Moorefield Club adopted its motto ‘Dedicated to Excellence’, Betty Cummins was already dedicated to the betterment of its members and its sporting and cultural event from the late 1970s. At that time, the club was not to the forefront on the playing fields of Kildare – or Leinster: the scarcity of trophies in the old clubhouse on Moorefield Road testified to that. And Moorefield did not even have its own playing field.

The Moorefield Ladies Committee, of which Betty was its first Chairperson, had its origins in the Páirc Mhuire Ladies Club which was established in 1973, and they met in the old clubhouse on Moorefield Road. The Ladies Committee was formalised by the late John Joe Murray in 1982. Under Betty’s leadership, the committee maintained the club facilities in magnificent condition and looked after the hurlers, footballers, camogie players and Scór competitions.

Betty Cummins served as Club Treasurer from 1989 to 1993, a particularly important time in the development of the club grounds and general facilities in Pollardstown. She also served as Treasurer of the Moorefield Ladies Committee and of the Camogie section of the club in the 1980s and 1990s. Her husband, John, was Moorefield Chairperson from 1972-76, and again in 1998, and served as Club President for two years – as well as carrying out the numerous day-to-day tasks which are vital to keep wheels of Moorefield well-oiled and ticking over at grassroots level.

The Cummins family have been deeply involved in club affairs and have made an enormous contribution to the development of the Moorefield ethos of ‘Dedication to Excellence’. Betty contributed in a very special way to the climb from the valley to the mountain top. She enjoyed the journey and may she now enjoy her eternal reward of a life Dedicated to Excellence’.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Winifred Murray and Betty Cummins



Mary Masterson, Tom McDonnell, Betty Cummins, Tom Corry and Mary McMullen