Eugene McGee RIP

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The highly respected Eugene McGee has sadly passed away.

While McGee steered Offaly to one of the most famous All Ireland Football Championship Final wins over Kerry in 1982 the Longford native made a significant impact elsewhere too.

McGee enjoyed a hugely productive stint in charge of UCD, who claimed a couple of All Ireland Club titles in 1974 and 1975.

In the inter-county game McGee took charge of Offaly in 1976 and guided the Faithful County to Leinster glory four years later.

Two further provincial crowns followed before Offaly denied Kerry a fifth All Ireland on the spin in 1982.

McGee also managed Cavan and the Irish International Rules team.

Tributes are being paid to McGee, who will always be fondly regarded for his innovative work.

In an interview with RTE on Sunday former Offaly footballer Richie Connor, stressed how instrumental McGee was to their successes. "He was very helpful to players," Connor stated. "He would do everything to make sure that the best team was on the field for the big day. That takes a lot of work in the background.

It might be helping guys get jobs or giving fellows a break that might have difficulties.We were lucky to have him for those few years.

John O'Mahony, who guided Galway to two All Ireland triumphs tweeted: "So sad to hear of sudden passing of All-Ireland winning manager and superb GAA analyst Eugene McGee. He was a massive inspiration to all of us who followed in his footsteps. Deepest sympathy to his wife and family and all in Offaly and Longford GAA."

Current Longford football manager Padraic Davis tweeted: "The passing of Eugene McGee will leave a huge void. An ability to weigh you up within seconds. Blunt, honest and didnt suffer fools. A unique Longford man of great integrity and achievement in the worlds of sport, journalism and business. A rare character. RIP."

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