Former GAA President Sean McCague dies

Sean McCague served as GAA President from 2000 to 2003, becoming the first Monaghan man to hold the position
Paul McConville

Former GAA president Sean McCague has died. The Scotstown clubman was president of the Association between 2000 and 2003, becoming the first Monaghan native to hold the position when he took over from Joe McDonagh of Galway.

He was also a familiar presence on the sideline in the Farney county and beyond. McCague managed Scotstown to a Monaghan SFC title in 1974 and was manager of the Monaghan team that bridged a 41-year gap to win the Ulster Senior Football Championship in 1979.

McCague was assistant manager to Eugene McGee for the Ireland International Rules team which played Australia between 1987 and 1990.

At administrative level, he first served as Scotstown club secretary in 1996.

Current GAA President Larry McCarthy paid tribute to the former school teacher, saying: “On behalf of our members and the Association as a whole, I would like to offer my condolences to Sean’s wife Bernie, and his daughters Paula, Nuala, Martha, Freda and Emma and also to his wide circle of friends and those who admired and respected him.

“Seán was an astute leader at a time when the organisation benefitted greatly from his wisdom, experience and undoubted influence.

“He served the Association at every level, from Scotstown up and he left an indelible mark on our games and the GAA as we know it today.”

During his tenure as GAA President, the Association scrapped the controversial Rule 21, which had banned members of the British and Northern Ireland security forces from participating in Gaelic Games.

McCague is survived by his wife Bernie and daughters, Paula, Nuala, Martha, Freda and Emma.

In a statement on their website, Monaghan GAA said: " It is with a heavy heart today we mark the sad passing of former Uachtarán Monaghan and Scotstown’s Sean McCague.

"In his renowned GAA career Sean served as the 33th President of our association from 2000-2003 in which his legacy still remains and managed Monaghan Senior Football team to Ulster historical success in the 70s and 80s. 

"Former principal of Scoil Mhuire in Monaghan, Sean was always at the helm of our association both locally and nationally and will be sadly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family and friends."

Scotstown have postponed their AGM, which was due to take place on Friday, as a mark of respect.