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Tributes paid after the passing of Antrim GAA legend Jim Nelson

By Ali Gordon

Antrim GAA is mourning the passing of their former manager Jim Nelson, who led the Saffrons' hurling team to the 1989 All-Ireland final.

The well-respected manager took over the Antrim senior hurling team in 1987 and led them to the All-Ireland final two years later.

In a statement on their website, Antrim GAA said: "It’s with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Jim Nelson former Antrim Senior Hurling Manager. Our sympathies go to his wife Lilly and Children Linda, Ciara and Hugh."

His club St Paul's revealed that Nelson died on Sunday night.

Tributes have already started flooding in on social media, with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD also taking to his website to offer his "sincere condolences and sympathies to Jim’s wife Lilly, his son Hugh and daughters Linda and Ciara, his wider family circle, his many friends, and his extended GAA family."

He added

“Tá brón orm faoi bas Jim Nelson. Fear uasal Jim. Lománaí iontach é. Mo comhbbron do Lilly agus a chlann.

"I have known Jim for many years. He was a first class GAA player; an excellent Antrim manager, and a hurling legend.

"Jim was a member of St. Paul’s and led Antrim to the county All-Ireland Senior Hurling final in 1989. And under his guidance Antrim spent eight years in Division one of the National league.

"In 2009 Jim Nelson’s commitment to Antrim and to hurling was recognised by the Ulster Council and in 2012 he came out of retirement and took on the job temporarily of managing Antrim again. In the same year he coached Loughgiel Shamrocks and they went on the All-Ireland club final success.

"Ar Dheis dé go raibh a anam."

 

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