The sad news has broken inside the last few hours of the death of John Morrison, the big-hearted coach of the Mayo senior team in 2006 when, with Mickey Moran as manager, we reached the All-Ireland final.
The widely-travelled Armagh man, who in a long sporting career managed and coached several teams in a number of different counties, was a popular figure during his short time with us. His larger than life presence, his innovative approach to coaching and his tendency for memorable quotes – remember when he said we were like Brazil? – made him a man to whom people instinctively warmed.
His passing will be greeted with sadness by those within the county who knew him, as well as by the wider GAA community, in which he was so involved and to which he devoted such enormous service over many long years. May he rest in peace.