Photo: Mayo GAA Year Book 1989
It was enormously sad to learn earlier on today about the death of former Mayo GAA player Greg Maher. The shock of this sad news was amplified by its occurrence so close to the big day up ahead for the county on Sunday.
Claremorris native Greg Maher knew plenty about big Mayo days at Croke Park. He lined out at midfield on the minor team of 1985 that won the All-Ireland that year and four years later he was on the starting fifteen in the senior final against Cork. Remarkably that match was his first ever senior championship start for the county and he acquitted himself well in a decider we lost narrowly.
That 1989 final was, of course, the first of seven deciders we’ve contested over the last three decades and in all I’ve been told that close on eighty players have lined out at some stage for us in those finals of 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2013. Greg is the first of that select group to pass away.
Sincere condolences to his wife Mary, brothers Seán, Thomas and Padraig, sisters Patricia and Clare and to his extended family and friends. May this great servant of Mayo GAA rest in peace.