Fianna Fáil Sports Spokesperson, Timmy Dooley TD has expressed his sadness at the passing of Jack Boothman, who served as GAA president between 1994 and 1997. Deputy Dooley paid tribute, saying he was a “passionate GAA man and a great servant of our national games.”
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Boothman. He was a lifelong activist in the GAA, and gave a life-long commitment to his community and indeed the wider GAA family across Ireland. Jack served as president of the GAA between 1994 and 1997, and remained as an active member of Blessington GAA club, Wicklow during this period.
“He oversaw an important period in the GAA when Croke Park was being redeveloped and he fought for the abolition of Rule 21, which debarred members of the British forces from joining the Association. He was hugely committed to his community through his involvement with the GAA, and he was immensely proud of his own club, of which he also served as president.
“Jack will be a huge loss to his club and the wider GAA community. I want to extend my deepest sympathy his family and friends at this very difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”