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'An Inspirational Man With A Brilliant Coaching Mind' - RIP John Morrison

'An Inspirational Man With A Brilliant Coaching Mind' - RIP John Morrison

Tributes continue to pour in after news broke this afternoon of the sudden passing of revered Gaelic Football coach John Morrison.

Mr Morrison - a member of the Armagh Harps GAA club in the Ulster city - developed a sterling reputation for visionary coaching methods during the nineties and noughties, with his finest moment coming in 2006, as he assisted manager Mickey Moran in steering a Mayo side to an All-Ireland final against Kerry.

As well as taking up coaching positions with his native Armagh, Derry, Donegal, Leitrim and Cavan, Morrison held the reigns as Antrim Senior Football manager before resigning from the post in 1997.

In recent years, he turned his attention to the ladies game and held posts as manager of both Armagh and Monaghan, as well as being brought in by Ulster Rugby and Leicester Tigers in consultancy capacities.

Many of the games biggest names have taken to Twitter, to pay homage to a man described who Antrim great, Kevin Madden, described as being "ahead of his time with a big heart of gold".

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Morrison was also an influential figure in GAA sportswriting, with many Ulster Gaels familiar with his distinct brand of match reporting, often seen in the pages of the Ulster Gazette newspaper.

Notable names from the industry north of the border have also shared their morose at the passing.

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One of the abiding memories of Morrison will be his famous confrontation with then Dublin manager Paul Caffrey ahead of the All-Ireland semi-final between the Dubs and Mayo in 2006. The incident was famously dubbed 'Hillgate' after Mayo prepared at Dublin's traditional warm-up end in front of Hill 16.

Aaron Strain

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