Tributes paid to former GAA President Joe McDonagh who passed away after short illness
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.
Very sad to hear of the passing of former GAA President Joe McDonagh. A great leader of the GAA and a gentleman. RIP— Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) May 21, 2016
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. Fear iontach inspioráideach. Árd uachtarán. RIP Joe McDonagh— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) May 21, 2016
Joe McDonagh RIP https://t.co/jQQm3JReti— Vincent Hogan (@Vincent_Hogan) May 21, 2016
Joe McDonagh, GAA President 1997-2000, RIP pic.twitter.com/0Ej6KHBvb4— Galway GAA (@Galway_GAA) May 21, 2016
Am heartbroken at the death of my friend former GAA President Joe McDonagh'. Joe was in Ottawa last year. I will miss his friendship— Ray Bassett (@ray_basssett) May 20, 2016
Sad to hear of the death of Galway legend Joe McDonagh, Uachtarán CLG 1997-2000, after a short illness. RIP. pic.twitter.com/FIqEGxPjQZ— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) May 20, 2016
The passing of Joe McDonagh is so sad— the memories he created singing the West's Awake in Croke Park in 1980.https://t.co/hgtv6yhJp2— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) May 20, 2016