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Passing of Roddy Gribbin severs last link with great 1947 Derry side

The GAA in Derry and Ulster has been plunged into mourning following the passing of 92-year-old Roddy Gribbin, the last surviving member of the great history-making Oak Leaf side of 1947.

Roddy, one of six brothers from the Newbridge club, was in the team which became the first northern county to capture a major title when they landed the National League crown.

It was hailed as a major breakthrough for the county, with Roddy certainly playing a big part in the stunning success.

As well as winning honours at club level, Roddy enjoyed a distinguished career in his county's colours and also played for Ulster.

After his retirement as a player, he turned his attention to management and at just 33 years of age was in charge of the Derry side that lost to Dublin in the 1958 All-Ireland final.

Within recent weeks he was predeceased by two of his brothers, Owen and Mickey.

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