Tributes pour in following the death of former GAA President Jack Boothman
Tributes have been pouring in on social media following the death of former GAA president Jack Boothman.
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.”
Iar Uachtarain CLG agus Iar Cathaoirleach Comhairle Laighean Jack Boothman. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís pic.twitter.com/TZsswcbIUE— Leinster GAA (@gaaleinster) May 10, 2016
@wicklowsport Jack Boothman R.I.P. Sad to hear of his death Presented County medals to Galbally boys in 1994— gerard cussen (@gerardcussen61) May 10, 2016
Jack Boothman first GAA President I met. Always remember his trip to our parish. Made sure to visit 2 local schools as well as the club #GAA— Niall McCoy (@McCoyNiall) May 10, 2016
RIP former GAA and Leinster President and Laois based vet Jack Boothman https://t.co/6wYe2nQa3v— Midlands103Sport (@MidlandsSport) May 10, 2016
The death has been announced of former GAA president Jack Boothman. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/oBfsLgVbFX— Sportsfile (@sportsfile) May 10, 2016
RIP Jack Boothman former president of the GAA and honorary life member of St Judes— CLG Naomh Jude (@clgnaomhjude) May 10, 2016
With heavy hearts. Jack Boothman club President @BlessingtonGaa has passed. Ar anam De go raibh a anam dilis. Funeral arrangements TBC.— Blessington GAA (@BlessingtonGaa) May 10, 2016