Saturday 24 September 2016

Tributes pour in following the death of former GAA President Jack Boothman

Published 10/05/2016 | 10:34

Jack Boothman has passed away
Jack Boothman has passed away

Tributes have been pouring in on social media following the death of former GAA president Jack Boothman.

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Boothman was president of the GAA between 1994 and 1997 and was a member of Blessington GAA club in Wicklow. While he opposed opening up Croke Park to foreign sports, Boothman was at the forefront in the abolition of Rule 21, which debarred members of the British forced from joining the Association.

“We sadly learned this morning of the passing of our lifetime member, former player, Club official in several capacities and present Club Trustee, Jack Boothman,” read a statement on Blessington's website.

“We were immensely proud of his achievements nationally and I know he took huge pride in his own Club, none more evident than when we hosted last years Feile.

“As a mark of respect we are closing the pitches and the facilities for the rest of the week.”

Current GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail has expressed his sympathies and those of the wider GAA to the family of Jack.

“Jack Boothman was a man I considered to be a friend and he served the GAA with distinction," said Ó Fearghail.

“I had the privilege of knowing him since the 1980s and have very fond memories of attending an Irish language course with him and Joe McDonagh in the Meath Gaeltacht of Rath Chairn. He was great company.

“He had great interest in the club and the last conversation I had with him recently he told me ‘don’t forget about the clubs.’

“On behalf of the Association as a whole I would like to offer my condolences to his wife Nuala and his extended family and his wide circle of friends.”








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