Former GAA president Jack Boothman has passed away.
The Wicklow man was president from 1994 to 1997 and was the first Protestant elected to that position.
The Blessington man led the abolition of Rule 21 which banned members of the British armed forces from joining the GAA.
Blessington GAA led tributes to him, saying: “We sadly learned this morning of the passing of our lifetime member, former player, Club official in several capacities and present Club Trustee, Jack Boothman.
“We were immensely proud of his achievements nationally and I know he took huge pride in his own Club, none more evident than when we hosted last years Feile.
“As a mark of respect we are closing the pitches and the facilities for the rest of the week.”
Sad to hear of the passing of former President 1994 to 1997 Jack Boothman , Ar anam De go raibh a anam dilis— Meath GAA (@MeathGAA) May 10, 2016