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Tributes paid after the passing of former GAA President Sean McCague

McCague was President of the GAA from 2000 to 2003.

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid after the passing of former GAA President Sean McCague.

sean-mccague-2012002 Sean McCague. Source: INPHO

A native of Scotstown in Monaghan, McCague served as GAA President between  2000 and 2003.

His presidency featured the removal of Rule 21, that prevented members of the British Armed Forces and security forces in Northern Ireland from being GAA members.

Before his position at administrative level in the GAA, he enjoyed notable success as an inter-county manager with the Monaghan senior footballers.

Monaghan won three Ulster senior football titles under his watch in 1979, 1985 and 1988,  while they were crowned league champions in 1985.

At International Rules level he was assistant manager for the Ireland team in 1987 and 1990.

The 77-year-old was also previously secretary of the Monaghan county board and chairman of the GAA’s Games Administration Committee.

Monaghan GAA have today paid tribute to McCague in a statement.

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“It is with a heavy heart today we mark the sad passing of former Uachtarán Monaghan and Scotstown’s Sean McCague.

“In his renowned GAA career Sean served as the 33th President of our association from 2000-2003 in which his legacy still remains and managed Monaghan Senior Football team to Ulster historical success in the 70s and 80’s.

“Former Principal of Scoil Mhuire in Monaghan, Sean was always at the helm of our association both locally and nationally and will be sadly missed by all.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family and friends.”

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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