SADNESS AS FORMER NATIONAL GAA PRESIDENT JACK BOOTHMAN PASSES AWAY
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.