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Former Ulster GAA chief Danny Murphy dies after battle with cancer

By Declan Bogue

The Belfast Telegraph are saddened to learn of the passing of former Ulster Council Secretary, Dr Danny Murphy.

The Burren man stepped down from his role in October to concentrate on his health but lost his battle with cancer.

A widely-respected figure by heads of religions and politicians, Murphy guided Ulster GAA through some tumultuous times and gained the trust of many from the GAA, and other backgrounds.

A former vice-President of the GAA, he served as a selector under Pete McGrath when Down won the All-Ireland title in 1994, before taking on the significant work of Ulster Council Secretary.

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness led tributes on Wednesday.

In a statement, they said: "Danny Murphy made a colossal contribution to sport over many years and his death will leave a massive void.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

The Irish Football Association has said it is saddened to learn of Dr Murphy's death and send its sincere condolences to the family.

Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said: “I got to know Danny very well and I enjoyed working with him. I was often able to count on his wise counsel.

“He was keen for the various sporting organisations in Northern Ireland to work together to improve facilities for all sports.”

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