It is with great sadness we learn of the death of our former county player, captain and All-Star Colum McKinstry.
Armagh County Chairman Michael Savage said, “The Armagh and wider GAA family are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Colum McKinstry, one of our greatest gaels.
“Colum was a member of the 1977 All-Ireland final team, an All-Star recipient in 1980 and Armagh captain when he proudly lifted the Anglo-Celt Cup in 1982. He was a renowned player for his county and club Clan na Gael for many years and a highly respected player and manager.
“On behalf of Contae Ard Mhacha we extend our sincere and most heartfelt condolences to his wife Nuala, daughters Niamh, Grainne and Eimear, the wider family circle, to his fellow players, friends and members of Clan na Gael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Colum joined the Armagh County panel in 1968 and made his county debut in four county tournament involving Armagh, Antrim, Dublin and Sligo. He established himself on the Armagh Senior team where he collected three Ulster Senior Championships captaining the side in 1982 as well as Division 2 and Division 3 National League medals.
The highpoints of his county career was undoubtedly his appearance along with three of his clubmates, Jimmy Smyth, Jim McKerr and Noel O’Hagan in the All Ireland final of 1977 and his recognition in 1980 with a Bank of Ireland All Star Award. He also represented Ulster in the Railway Cup in the late 70’s.
Requiem mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral at 11am on Wednesday 11 August can be viewed on the parish webcam on www.armaghparish.net