'He was one of the brightest minds in the history of the GAA' - Down legend Joe Lennon has passed away
The GAA community has been plunged into mourning following the death of Down legend Joe Lennon 81.
He was a three-time All-Ireland winner with the Mourne men in 1960, '61 and he lifted the Sam Maguire as captain in 1968.
Lennon championed the development of coaching in the GAA and his first book, Coaching Gaelic Football for Champions, was a ground-breaking work.
A statement from the Down County Board read: "It is with great sadness that Down GAA have learned this evening of the death of Joe Lennon.
"One of the finest Gaelic Footballers of his generation, Lennon won All-Ireland medals with the Mourne County in 1960, '61, and finally in '68 as team-captain.
"Not only was he a great player, he was also one of the deepest thinkers on the game of Gaelic Football.
"He spearheaded the establishment of the first national coaching course in Gormanston College over 50 years ago, and his first book, Coaching Gaelic Football for Champions, was a seminal work.
"In 2000 he was conferred with a PHD in the field of philosophy of sport for his thesis, 'Towards a philosophy for legislation in Gaelic Games'.
"Truly, Joe Lennon was one of the brightest minds in the history of the GAA.
"We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Anne and the entire family circle."