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Man O War's Shane Mulligan under pressure from St Maur's player Liam Butterly during the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

Man O War's Shane Mulligan under pressure from St Maur's player Liam Butterly during the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

Man O War captain Paul O'Hara receives the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Cup from Gerry's wife Marie Gaffney (far left) and Patricia Beggs.

Man O War captain Paul O'Hara receives the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Cup from Gerry's wife Marie Gaffney (far left) and Patricia Beggs.

Craig Mulligan (St Maur's) holds on tight as he is challenged by Man O War's David Casey during the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War.

Craig Mulligan (St Maur's) holds on tight as he is challenged by Man O War's David Casey during the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War.

The late Gerry Gaffney from Man O War, pictured at the 2006 Stacey Cup Final.

The late Gerry Gaffney from Man O War, pictured at the 2006 Stacey Cup Final.

Sisters Eabha and Olivia Moore enjoying the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

Sisters Eabha and Olivia Moore enjoying the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

Sandra and Caitriona Ferguson at the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

Sandra and Caitriona Ferguson at the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

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Man O War's Shane Mulligan under pressure from St Maur's player Liam Butterly during the Gerry Gaffney Memorial Match at Man O War. Picture: Siobhan Taylor

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Man O War was abuzz with activity on Saturday as people turned out to remember their beloved club person Gerry Gaffney, who passed away in 2020.

Gaffney, pictured below at the Stacey Cup final in 2006, played for the club in the 1950s, 60s and 70s and held the office of president before passing away, and to honour his memory Man O War and St Maur’s played out a contest on Saturday evening.

Man O War prevailed, with their captain Paul O’Hara collecting the cup from Gerry’s wife Marie Gaffney, while Marie’s nephew and St Maur’s captain, Liam Butterly, made a wonderful speech after the game.

Lining out for Man O War was former manager Joe Greene, and he had nothing but fond words for Gaffney.

“I had two stints at Man O War, seven years in total, and I can’t remember him missing a training session or a match. His wife was always at the games as well and to this day still does the jerseys for the first team.

“He was always in good form and always smiling and was very well loved and respected by everyone that knew him.

“He had a huge passion for the game and an even bigger passion for his club. He was irreplaceable as a clubman and will be really missed.”

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