JOE PEOPLES

Joe, who hailed from St Johnston, umpired at the highest levels in NW cricket, up to and including internationals.

He was a highly respected umpire, by both players and colleagues throughout the entire North West region and beyond.

Joe was a regular official at the blue riband NW Senior finals, recognized at the time as the leading umpire in the province.

He was a familiar face in the interprovincial arena where his knowledge, experience and decision making skills were clear for all to see.

His skill led him to become widely known not just in the NW, but throughout the whole of Ireland at all levels.

Although Joe had retired as an official after a long and distinguished career by the time my own career began, I knew him through playing, and I held him in the utmost regard, clearly a master of his craft.

He sadly died late last year in his beloved Donegal, where for many years he was a very successful publican in his eponymous bar.