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Joe Jordan’s death – huge impact on GAA fraternity

November 21, 2016

The passing of Joe Jordan at the age of 71 will not only impact on his family circle or the GAA fraternity but on the wider community where he was regarded as an exemplary figure. Joe is survived by his wife Sadie, son Adrian, daughters Louise and Fionnuala and his sister Anne. Joe’s only brother Thomas was laid to rest last year.

Joe was of course, first and foremost, a dedicated Middletown club member, officer and stalwart who served as Armagh County Chairperson from 2002-2006 and also served as Teachta Comhairle Uladh and Oifigeach Caidrimh Phoiblí.

A tireless parish worker, Joe also found time to be very active in the local Tynan and Middletown Historic Society. Peter Makem said that Joe’s ability as an historian, and deep knowledge of local history gave him a very wide perspective on human nature and the way people interact and this had a lot to do with his leadership qualities.

As well, his forty years involvement in the administration of club football in Armagh as a delegate and official at divisional and county level gave him a totally thorough insight in the football scene and its personalities.

These two factors when brought together made him exceptionally well placed to take on the role of County Chairman when elected in 2001 at the opening years of Armagh’s golden age.

Peter recalled what he termed Joe’s outstanding leadership qualities which had perfectly rose to the challenge of the times, a man totally rooted in the GAA with a lifetime of active participation.

It is no coincidence then that Joe’s term as Chairman saw the county embark on it’s most successful era ever including All-Ireland glory as he held a simple philosophy “that success, is not accidental, it happens, he said, because people make it happen from the grassroots to the very top.The success of Armagh over the past ten years is the result of an overall professional approach involving meticulous planning at every level, sound relations between the county board and the various teams and the overall realisation that unless one aims high in every respect we will be left behind.

The words of Armagh Co. Board President John O’Reilly when making a presentation to Joe to mark the end of his term of office are as good a tribute as any as he insisted that the Middletown clubman was the best – “because he achieved the best.’’

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal Gaelach.

Requiem Mass for Joe, late of 12 Ivy Park, Middletown, will be at 11am on Tuesday 22 November in St John’s Church, Middletown with burial afterwards in Tynan.

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