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Long-serving GAA officer Michael Griffin dies

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The death took place last weekend of former Clare GAA official Michael Griffin.

A native of Kilmihil he served for many years as a GAA official in the county.

His first involvement with the GAA was with Kilmihil where he filled numerous positions on the club executive over many years. He managed the club to a variety of underage Clare titles.

When he moved to live in Crusheen, he quickly got involved with the local club where he served as chairman and helped spearhead many developments.

He was instrumental in the affiliation of a number of football teams from the Crusheen club and many of these went on to win county honours.

He served as chairman of Bord na nÓg Peil in Clare and went on to serve as secretary of the former Clare football board before being elected to serve on the executive of Clare GAA.

Michael was also a prominent football referee and took charge of GAA games at all levels in the county including finals in all grades.

He also took charge of many Munster championship games including two Provincial minor football finals

Following requiem mass at St. Cronan’s Church in Crusheen on Monday he was laid to rest in nearby Kilawinna cemetery. Members of both Crusheen and Kilmihil GAA clubs formed a guard of honour as his remains were taken from the church to the graveyard.

Seamus Hayes is one of the most well-respected local sports journalists in the country. For close to fifty years, the Lissycasey native was Sports Editor of The Clare Champion. Subsequent to his departure from Barrack St, he began writing for publications including The Clare Echo, The Clare People and The Irish Daily Star. He has won multiple awards during his distinguished career including accolades for GAA, Community Games and Camogie coverage.

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