JACK LYNCH, the former Taoiseach, is one of the most famous names to be associated with the GAA, a superstar before the term was invented.
From this working-class background came the youngster who was destined to carve an unrivalled niche in the annals of the GAA.
While still at school, in 1934 he helped Glen Rovers win the Cork Minor Hurling Championship for the first time in the club’s history. In his time at the Glen he was one of the few players to win eight successive Cork County medals, starting in 1934.
After captaining Cork in 1938-'39 and 1940, his teams were defeated on each occasion.
Of course, he would go on to more acclaim in the world of politics.
Jack Lynch is the holder of six All-Ireland medals.
He won eight successive county hurling medals with Glen Rovers.
He was first elected Taoiseach in 1966 where he served until 1973 and again between 1977 and 1979.
Jack Lynch died in 1999 at the age of 82 and is buried at St Finbarr’s Cemetery following a State funeral.