GAA president to attend Stynes funeral

GAA President Christy Cooney will attend the state funeral for Jim Stynes in Melbourne next Tuesday it has been confirmed.

GAA President Christy Cooney will attend the state funeral for Jim Stynes in Melbourne next Tuesday it has been confirmed.

The GAA delegation will join Senior figures from the sporting and political spectrum in Australia for the funeral on March 27 at St Paul's Cathedral in the city.

The ceremony is expected to be the largest funeral ever witnessed in the city, and it will be relayed to thousands on large screens at the nearby Federation Square.

At Mr Stynes' request his wife Sam and children Matisee and Tiernan will then travel to Ireland to scatter his ashes at a location the former Dublin minor and Aussie Rules legend chose before the 45-year old lost his two-year battle with cancer earlier this week.

Following Stynes involvement in Dublin's Minor All-Ireland win in 1984 he left Ireland to pursue an Aussie Rules career at the age of 18 after being spotted by AFL scouts.

Stynes has the distinction of being the only player from outside of Australia to pick up the Brownlow Medal for being the 'fairest and best' player in the AFL.

His record in the sport is exceptional and played in 244 successive games for Melbourne over an 11-year spell.

During the 1990s he founded the Reach foundation to support troubled young people and also captured the Victorian of the Year award on two occasions.

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