The death of Danny Murphy, Chief Executive and Secretary of Ulster Council of the GAA, has brought a heavy pall of sadness and sorrow over the GAA community and not just in Ulster but worldwide as his influence reached into every corner of the GAA. For almost four decades he has worked for and with the GAA in many positions in his own club, Burren; his own county, Down; and his province, Ulster. He was highly respected in all GAA circles and his advice and support was constantly sought and, where at all possible, he delivered magnanimously. He was held in high esteem by Church and State leaders and representatives and also by leaders and members of other sporting bodies.

His contribution to the GAA has been summed up by our Chairman, John Martin, when he says - “Danny Murphy dedicated his life to the GAA. He was a footballer, a hurler, a coach, an administrator and a leader who steered Ulster GAA through a period of great transformation. He was equally at home with grass roots Gaels and political leaders and went about his work with an understated assuredness, and always had the interests of the GAA at heart. He played a huge part in linking up the Ulster GAA Writers with our sponsors Quinn Group back in 2010, and Quinn Building Products remain the headline sponsors of our monthly awards. His name is synonymous with Gaelic games in Ulster and his vision and wisdom will be missed by the entire GAA family.”  To his family we offer our sincere sympathies and our condolences to all his colleagues in the Ulster Council. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa.