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Funeral for modernising Ulster GAA chief

By Staff Reporter

The funeral of former Ulster GAA chief Danny Murphy is set to take place today.

Mr Murphy died on Tuesday night after a prolonged battle with cancer.

His funeral will be held at noon in St Mary's Church Burren, Warrenpoint, Co Down.

A widely-respected figure, Mr Murphy guided Ulster GAA through tumultuous times.

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.

The First and Deputy First Ministers released a joint statement, noting that they had hosted a reception for Mr Murphy in Stormont Castle in June "to acknowledge his contribution to sport and community relations".

Mr Murphy's legacy is one of modernising the GAA in Ulster, a man who performed an extremely difficult task politically, but who won people over with a common touch, his unyielding devotion to what was right and the highest levels of integrity.

In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science by the University of Ulster in recognition of his contributions both to sport and community relations.

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