Wednesday 13 December 2017

Tributes paid to former GAA President Joe McDonagh who passed away after short illness

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The GAA community was in mourning today as the death of former President Joe McDonagh emerged.

The Galway man served as the 32nd President between the years 1997-2000.

"The death is announced of Joe McDonagh, Uachtarán CLG 1997-2000, after a short illness," an official GAA statement read tonight. 

"Deeply regretted by family, friends & GAA community."

McDonagh played as a right wing-back for the Galway senior team in his younger years, making his senior debut during the 1974 championship.

The 62-year-old made 15 championship appearances for his county and retired after the close of the 1990 championship.

Tributes have already begun to flood in for the beloved and respected sportsman.

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