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Marie Brady leaves great legacy

Sadly, many well-known GAA men passed away in 2010, ending with the great Tipperary warrior John Doyle.

But often forgotten is that many GAA wives who pass away tend to be overlooked for their immense contribution to the Associaton.

A typical example was the late Marie Brady from Cavan, wife of former county chairman and Central Council delegate Phil Brady. Like many others, the Brady family were 'mad GAA people' and served as players and officials for many years, with Marie's support.

For decades in the GAA, it was the 'woman of the house' who had to run the show when the lads went off to training, games or meetings, often getting 'delayed' afterwards as they tried to find their way home.

In modern times, the role of women in the GAA has been transformed with the growth of ladies' football and the growing number of female GAA officers.

Marie Brady was also an aunt of former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey and Dublin player John Caffrey. She will be sadly missed by a great number of GAA people in Cavan and beyond.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.

Irish Independent