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THE END OF AN ERA was how Wick­low GAA chair­man Martin Cole­man de­scribed the sud­den pass­ing of Jack Booth­man. ‘Over the past few months we in Wick­low have lost two le­gend of our game, Peter Keogh and Jack Booth­man.Iron­i­cally they were very close friends. The GAA fam­ily is in mourn­ing to­day with the loss of yet an­other le­gend of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

‘ The best trib­ute I can pay to Jack is that he was al­ways con­sid­ered the or­di­nary man GAA’s pres­i­dent. Even when he was an of­fi­cer with Wick­low and Le­in­ster GAA he al­ways looked upon him­self as the or­di­nary GAA’s man.

‘No mat­ter what, even when he was pres­i­dent, he al­ways wanted to be called Jack what­ever the oc­ca­sion. He got great joy of meet­ing the young peo­ple and chil­dren in the GAA while he was al­ways over­joyed when a child came up to him and said ‘Hello Jack’.’

He al­ways loved vis­it­ing the schools dur­ing his term as pres­i­dent. He loved meet­ing the chil­dren and talk­ing all things GAA to them

‘Both Jack and Peter were in hospi­tal to­gether. When­ever any­one vis­ited he al­ways asked if they had seen Peter. I am jut get­ting the over­flow,’ he would say.

Mr Cole­man said news of Jack’s sud­den pass­ing has left yet an­other void in Wick­low GAA.

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