Tributes pour in for Galway icon and former GAA President Joe McDonagh
The GAA community was in mourning today as the death of former President Joe McDonagh emerged.
The Galway man served as the 32nd President between the years 1997-2000.
"The death is announced of Joe McDonagh, Uachtarán CLG 1997-2000, after a short illness," an official GAA statement read late last night.
"Deeply regretted by family, friends & GAA community."
McDonagh played as a right wing-back for the Galway senior team in his younger years, making his senior debut during the 1974 championship.
The 62-year-old made 15 championship appearances for his county, winning an All Ireland with the Tribesmen in 1980, after which he famously sang 'The West's Awake' from the steps of the Hogan Stand.
Tributes have already begun to flood in for the beloved and respected sportsman.
The passing of Joe McDonagh is so sad— the memories he created singing the West's Awake in Croke Park in 1980.https://t.co/hgtv6yhJp2— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) May 20, 2016
Joe McDonagh, GAA President 1997-2000, RIP pic.twitter.com/0Ej6KHBvb4— Galway GAA (@Galway_GAA) May 21, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of former GAA President Joe McDonagh. A great leader of the GAA and a gentleman. RIP— Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) May 21, 2016
Joe McDonagh was central to one of the most memorable All Ireland speeches in GAA history, & central to the GAA family for many years. RIP— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) May 21, 2016