Thursday 22 March 2018

Down legend O'Hagan dies

Down GAA is mourning the death of one of the heroes of its pioneering side which brought the Sam Maguire across the border for the first time in 1960.

Patsy O'Hagan passed away in Galway over the weekend where he has lived since the early 1970s.

He was full-forward in 1960 when they defeated Kerry by 2-10 to 0-8, and the following year he switched to wing-back when they overcame Offaly by 3-6 to 2-8 to retain the Sam Maguire.

O'Hagan was also a selector for the Down team which won the 1968 All-Ireland title when they defeated Kerry by 2-12 to 1-13 to take the title for the third time that decade. He moved to Galway a few years after that and became a key figure in the development of the Claregalway club between Galway city and Tuam. His grandson Danny Cummins is currently a member of Joe Kernan's Galway squad.

Irish Independent

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