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Thursday 22 August 2019

GAA legends come together to remember great McGee

Tributes: Colm O’Rourke and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Tributes: Colm O’Rourke and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Liam Cosgrove

Leading figures from the GAA world paid tribute to their friend - and one-time rival - Eugene McGee ahead of his funeral today.

Hundreds of mourners descended on Glennon's Funeral Home on the outskirts of Longford town from late yesterday afternoon to remember the legendary Offaly manager and newspaperman who died suddenly at the weekend.

Among the well-known faces was former Kerry manager Mick O'Dwyer, who saw his side's attempt to clinch the elusive All-Ireland five-in-a-row come up short against McGee's Offaly team in 1982.

Other sporting figures included Dublin GAA legend Barney Rock, Leinster Council GAA chairman Jim Bolger, former GAA director general Páraic Duffy and ex-Roscommon player Paul Earley.

The latter was a key member of the GAA's Football Review Committee, a body chaired by Mr McGee which brought in the 'black card' penalty in 2013.

Mr McGee's funeral takes place at St Mel's Cathedral at 11am today.

Irish Independent

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