Sunday 22 April 2018

GAA legend Jim “The Natch” Gallagher dies

One of Ulster’s greatest GAA players, Jim “The Natch” Gallagher, died at the age of 84 in Sligo General Hospital today.

Mr Gallagher, who lived at Coolcholly, Ballyshannon, played for Ulster and Donegal.

He played on the Donegal senior team in the 1940s and 50s, starting at the age of 16 and captaining the county when they played at Croke Park in the early 50s.

He also captained Donegal when they won their first major trophy, the Dr Lagan Cup in 1952, and he represented Ulster in the Railway Cup.

Nicknamed “The Natch”, he was a member of the Aodh Ruadh Club and played most of his games at centre-half-back.

He lost his wife Eithne, in a tragic road accident at Cliffoney, Co Sligo, in June 2012.

He is survived by a daughter, three sons and grandchildren.

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