GAA pay tribute to former president Jack Boothman

Aogán Ó Fearghail has described former GAA President Jack Boothman as a great club man after it was announced he had passed away this morning.

The Wicklow man was President from 1994 to 1997 and was the first Protestant elected to that position.

He led the abolition of Rule 21 which banned members of the British armed forces from joining the GAA.

He was also an active member and club president of Blessington GAA here in Wicklow -and a former Leinster Council GAA chairman.

As a mark of respect Blessington GAA club have announced that they are closing the pitches and the facilities for the rest of the week.

Funeral arrangements

Reposing at his home on Thursday from 2pm and on Friday from 10am to 12 noon with removal on Friday for Funeral Service at 3pm in St. Mary’s Church, Blessington, followed by interment in Burgage Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Fr. Peter Mc Verry Trust. Donation box at the Church.

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