DESSIE Farrell has paid tribute to Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle (pictured), who was today laid to rest at the age of 68.
"He was very hands-on. Very involved," said Farrell, who managed Dublin to minor and Under 21 All-Ireland success during Kettle's term as chair.
"He was never short of a word. Never short of encouragement.
"We had our Under 21 (All-Ireland) medal presentation three weeks ago and he was at that and gave a great speech, a political speech, as only Andy can do. Then we heard that he took ill just two or three days after that and unfortunately, never recovered.
And he'll be a sad loss to Dublin GAA and the GAA family as a whole.
"He invested an awful lot of time," added Farrell, highlighting the role of administrators in the GAA.
"In many ways, they're under appreciated.
"It's about playing and management and players and all that goes with that but there are those individuals in the background constantly doing their thing and working their own magic in a way to facilitate a lot of that stuff," Farrell added.
"And Andy was definitely one of those."