Down hero of 1947 Seamus McCartan passes away peacefully at his home

The Glenn man scored a hat trick of goals against Derry in the Ulster junior final almost eight decades ago.

The Down players gear up for last Saturday's Division Three clash with Offaly at Pairc Esler. Picture by Philip Walsh
The current Down crop before a Division 3 clash against Offaly at Pairc Esler. Picture by Philip Walsh

DOWN GAA have announced the passing of Seamus McCartan, a hero of the county’s Ulster junior title-winning team of 1947.

Glenn man McCartan established a line of footballing heritage, something of true sentimental value to him, with three of his sons having donned the red and black, including 1977 All-Ireland winning MFC captain John.

Seamus claimed an Ulster title in that ‘47 campaign, scoring three goals in the final, before they lost out to Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final.

He is survived by his wife, Leila; brother, Gervase; children – Jim, John, Brenda, Michael and Karen; and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

May he rest in peace.