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Down GAA pays tribute to ‘playing great' Brendan Sloan

Down GAA have paid tribute to Brendan Sloan, pictured with the ball, who died yesterday

DOWN GAA have paid tribute to one of its "playing greats" Brendan Sloan, who had died.

Mr Sloan, regarded as one of the Mourne County's "greatest defenders", passed away on Thursday.

The footballer played right corner-back on Down's 1968 All-Ireland senior winning side and was a regular member of the minor squad helping his native county reach the 1966 All-Ireland minor final against Mayo.

In a tribute to the former player, Down GAA posted an iconic image of Mr Sloan on social media on Thursday, which pictured him fielding a ball at Casement Park.

The picture was taken at Down’s Ulster senior final victory over Cavan in 1968.

Down GAA said it was "an image that fully reflected the skill and determination of the man".

Mr Sloan's death comes just days after the death of Newry Shamrocks man Eugene Treanor, who was a member of the extended panel in 1968.

In a statement, Down GAA it had been "saddened to learn of the deaths in recent days of two of our former players".

"We learned on Tuesday of the death of Eugene Treanor of Newry Shamrocks who was a member of the extended panel in 1968.

"This morning we were saddened too to learn of the death of Brendan Sloan who was right full back on our All Ireland Winning team of 1968.

"We recall many vintage performances by Brendan in the red and black and we cherish the memories of games played by both men in the red and black of Down.

"One thinks of the iconic image of Brendan fielding a ball in his own square against Cavan in the Ulster final of 1968 in Casement Park, an image that fully reflected the skill and determination of the man.

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Treanor and Sloan families and to the Gaels of Newry Shamrocks and Atticall."

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