Death of Dublin great Jimmy Gray

March 30, 2023

Dublin captain John McCaffrey is presented with the Bob O'Keeffe Cup by the late Jimmy Gray in 2013. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

Dublin GAA is mourning the passing of former dual star Jimmy Gray at the age of 93.

One of the founding members of the Na Fianna club in Glasnevin, Jimmy was the sitting president of Dublin GAA. He was goalkeeper on the last Dublin team to play in an All-Ireland SHC final in 1961 when they lost to Tipperary and later managed the county’s senior hurlers from 1993 to ’96.

After retiring from playing, Jimmy immersed himself in the administration side of things, serving as Dublin GAA chairman from 1970 to ’81, and Leinster Council chairman from 1990 to ’93. His time in the Dublin chair coincided with a rebirth of Gaelic games in the capital thanks largely to the success of the footballers under Kevin Heffernan.

In addition, Jimmy refereed the 1969 Leinster SHC final between Kilkenny and Offaly, and was inducted into the Friends of Dublin Hurling Hall of Fame in 2009.

Paying tribute, Dublin GAA said Jimmy was “an incredibly engaging man who enjoyed a remarkable life - who can forget the delight on his face when he presented the Bob O'Keeffe Cup to Dublin captain Johnny McCaffrey after their brilliant success to end such a long wait to be crowned Leinster champions in the summer of 2013? 

“To his wife Gretta, sons Tom and John, daughters Carmel and Annmarie and his extended family and his many friends, Dublin GAA extends our deepest condolences.”

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