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Legendary GAA coach sudden passing

February 18, 2019

Legendary GAA coach John Morrison whose sudden passing not only rocked the entire GAA fraternity but impacted on many more sport coaches, who had huge admiration for one of life’s gentlemen who was highly respected for his innovative and positive approach.

When it came to coaching John was ahead of the game as a visionary coach, sports psychologist and master tutor who was always in demand and enjoyed intercounty coaching stints with his native Orchard County, Antrim (as manager), Donegal, Derry, Mayo, Leitrim (joint manager) and Cavan. John also managed the Armagh and Monaghan ladies.

A true giant of Gaelic football, John wrote and spoke at length about the game and freely shared his expertise not just with players but also with other coaches and managers. John also looked at other sports to see what he could learn and he saw his coaching roles with Leicester Tigers and Ulster Rugby as a two way street-not just about what he could teach them but more importantly what he could learn from them.

Armagh GAA Chairman, Michael Savage paid tribute to the late John Morrison, he said,“It is with great sadness that Armagh GAA learn of the death of our good friend John Morrison. Father of our former senior football goalkeeper and current U17 goalkeeping coach Paddy Morrison.

“John was a member of our Public Relations and Coaching & Games Committee, he was also Head Coach of Armagh Senior Football Team in the 1990s and has been a permanent fixture in coaching circles throughout the county over this past 40 years.

“He will be dearly missed by all, especially in the press box at the Athletic Grounds. We send our deepest sympathy to the Morrison family and his club Armagh Harps

Armagh Harps, a club Morrison played for and managed, said they were “shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of John Morrison – a former player, manager, chairman and Hall of Fame inductee. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Ní bheidh a Leithéad an aris.

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