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Tributes paid to three-time All-Ireland winner Joe Lennon

The Down legend passed away last night.

Joe Lennon with Mary McAleese back in 2009.
Joe Lennon with Mary McAleese back in 2009.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE GAA COMMUNITY is in mourning today following the passing of Down football legend Joe Lennon.

The three-time All-Ireland winner, who was widely-regarded as one of the finest players of his generation, lifted the Sam Maguire as captain of the Mourne County in 1968.

“Not only was he a great player, he was also one of the deepest thinkers on the game of Gaelic Football,” a GAA statement read.

“He spearheaded the establishment of the first national coaching course in Gormanston College over 50 years ago, and his first book, Coaching Gaelic Football for Champions, was a seminal work.

“In 2000 he was conferred with a PHD in the field of philosophy of sport for his thesis, ‘Towards a philosophy for legislation in Gaelic Games’.

“Truly, Joe Lennon was one of the brightest minds in the history of the GAA. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Anne and the entire family circle.

“Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal.”

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