Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Quinn’s service to GAA will be hard to surpass

The funeral will take place tomorrow of Jerry Quinn, one of Ulster’s best-known GAA personalities.

A former chairman of the Down county board, Jerry had for many years been a prominent gaelic games journalist with the County Down Outlook newspaper.

He had also covered matches and events for several national publications including the Belfast Telegraph.

Jerry hailed from Hilltown where he remained a pillar of the local Clonduff club for decades.

Indeed only a matter of weeks ago he had played a major part in ensuring the success of the club’s 125th anniversary celebration banquet.

And it was at that function that he received a special Hall of Fame accolade jointly with his long-time friend and club colleague Fintan Mussen.

Jerry held numerous offices with the club and served on the committee for 46 years before going on to become Down chairman in 2004.

He was a selector with the Down senior football team in the 1970s.

And had been a passionate campaigner in support of Down referees and in trying to improve the standard of refereeing within the county.

He also served a term as chairman of the Ulster GAA Writers Association,

In fact up until the time of his death on Wednesday he had been fully immersed in preparations for the Association’s annual banquet in Bundoran tonight.

To Jerry’s widow Maura, sons Francis, Shane and Niall, and daughter Ursula deepest sympathy is extended. 

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