Scotstown legend Stirrat left his mark
There was a deep sense of shock and almost disbelief when news broke of the sudden death of Liam Stirrat of Scotstown, earlier this week.
With his passing his family has lost a beloved husband, father and grandfather and the GAA in Scotstown and Monaghan has lost one of its most famous, most dedicated and colourful sons.
Liam served both club and county with distinction in a variety of roles and always bringing a great sense of honour to every position he held.
As a player he represented Scotstown and Monaghan at minor, U21 and senior level, was a member of the Scotstown panel that featured in the 1966 Senior Championship final against Castleblayney.
He also played against Clontibret in the 1968 county final, before winning his first senior championship medal in 1974 when Scotstown defeated Castleblayney.
He was on the team that reached the county final in 1975 but moving into the late 70's he had then turned his attention to team management,
He guided Scotstown to three Ulster Club Championships in a row.
In 1978 they defeated St John's of Antrim, the following year they denied Carrickcruppen of Armagh and 1980 they defeated St John's again.
Liam was in charge in the year they reached the All-Ireland club final.
At county level he also served as a selector and team manager.
After his involvement on the playing side had finished he became involved in administration serving as county board vice-chairman from 1993 to 1997, as chairman from 1998 to 2000, as assistant treasurer from 2001 to 2003 and as treasurer in 2004.
He also represented Monaghan on Central Council from 2007 to 2011.
All told, Liam's made a very substantial and important contribution to the association.
There was a large and representative attendance at the removal of his remains and requiem mass in Urbleshanney on Thursday with glowing tributes paid to him for his qualities as a family man and dedicated GAA man.
He has left a rich gaelic legacy for future generations.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.