Saturday 1 October 2016

GAA community says farewell to former president Boothman

Published 14/05/2016 | 02:30

A young boy in Blessington colours playing in the shade of a guard of honour. Photo: Garry O’Neill
A young boy in Blessington colours playing in the shade of a guard of honour. Photo: Garry O’Neill
At the funeral in Blessington of former GAA President Jack Boothman were (l-r) GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl; Director General Páraic Duffy. Picture: Garry O'Neill
RTE GAA commentator Michael O' Muirchertaigh. Picture: Garry O'Neill

Mourners gathered at St Mary's Church in Blessington, Co Wicklow, yesterday to say their final goodbyes to former GAA president Jack Boothman.

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RTÉ commentator Micheál O Muircheartaigh, GAA President Aogán O'Fearghaíl and Director General of the GAA Páraic Duffy all attended the funeral service.

Boothman, the first Protestant to hold the office of GAA president, died peacefully at home on May 10.

He served as president for three years, between 1994 and 1997.

During his tenure, he oversaw the opening of the new Cusack Stand, the first sponsorship of the Hurling Championship by Guinness, and the introduction in 1995 of regular live TV games outside of All-Ireland finals and semi-finals.

O'Fearghaíl said Boothman "served the GAA with distinction" and was "great company".

He is survived by his wife Nuala and his children.

Irish Independent

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