Meath GAA people have been saddened by the death on Saturday of Mattie Gilsenan at the age of 98.
Mattie was an iconic figure in the county for a lifetime, from the time he led the Royals to only their second All-Ireland appearance in 1939, when they lost by two points to a magnificent Kerry team.
He led Leinster to Railway Cup success the following year, but had left the county panel when Meath finally made their All-Ireland breakthrough in 1949.
But Mattie never left Meath football – he was a selector for three All-Ireland victories, in 1949, '54 and '67, and was also a crucial figure in the back-room teams of Sean Boylan's era.
He was more than just a team mentor – many a Royal footballer learned a great deal in a personal capacity from Mattie Gilsenan, truly one of the most important figures in the history of Meath football.
Our sympathy goes out to his wife Eileen and his seven children.