Harry was a fine cricketer with Donemana who went on to have a long and distinguished career in both the umpiring and administrative ranks.

He officiated in many NW senior cup finals and was a popular appointments secretary over many years.

Harry was the man who encouraged me to become an umpire, being one of the co-tutors who put myself, the late Eric Cooke, Charlie McElwee, and Adie Brown through the umpires’ course.

Three of the four progressed to the international arena – not a bad success rate!

Harry lived and breathed cricket all his life, organizing the annual umpires association dinner, usually held at the Gransha Club – what great nights they were.

Harry dedicated a lot of his life to officiating in the North West, bringing through many new recruits to the umpiring fraternity, deserving great credit for that.

He umpired 15 Irish international matches - a record for the region until the emergence in recent years of Roly Black.

He deserves an accolade as one of the founding fathers of the umpiring association in the region and beyond.