The death has occurred of Matt Fitzpatrick, one of Ulster’s most high-profile GAA journalists. He was 83 and had been ill for only a short time.
A native of Fermanagh, Matt played at club level for Newtownbutler and for his county.
He subsequently moved to Belfast where he took up employment in the Civil Service and has lived in the city for many years.
He contributed to many publications, including the Belfast Telegraph, on a regular basis over a long number of years and was a familiar figure at GAA grounds throughout the country.
He served three terms as East Down secretary and had been treasurer since 1978. A former secretary of Ballyhackamore GAC, when the club folded, he became a founder member of the now thriving Carryduff club.
He was a prominent member of the Ulster GAA Writers Association and had served as secretary for 11 years. He acted as assistant treasurer for the past two years and had played a major role in the Association’s development.
Matt was pre-deceased by his wife Rose 14 years ago and is survived by a son and three daughters. His funeral will take place tomorrow following Requiem Mass in St Bernadette’s Church, Belfast.