Saturday 24 February 2018

Jack Boothman - Former President of the GAA remembered

1936 - May 10, 2016

Colourful: Jack Boothman, a ground-breaking and much-loved GAA President.
Colourful: Jack Boothman, a ground-breaking and much-loved GAA President.

GAA Presidents down the decades have been admired, respected, appreciated. Former Uachtarán Jack Boothman, who passed away this week, fits all those descriptors - but perhaps his finest quality is that he will be remembered with huge fondness.

Large in size and personality, he was a cheerful, colourful character, with irrepressible positivity. He once told a school gathering that, while some days were better than others, he had "never had a bad day".

Jack also had a mischievous sense of humour. Fellow ex-President Sean Kelly recalled this week that Jack "used to joke about the big mark on his forehead. He said he got it from a bullock he was testing for TB - the bullock came off second best".

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