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Saturday 19 August 2017

Tributes for hero Nelson

ANTRIM

ANTRIM GAA is in mourning following the death of Jim Nelson, the man who put the Saffron hurlers on the national map.

Tributes have poured in for the St Paul's clubman, who famously guided Antrim to an All-Ireland final appearance against Tipperary in 1989 following a sensational semi-final ambush of Offaly.

He briefly returned to manage Antrim in 2012 after Jerry Wallace stepped down, coming after he had coached Loughgiel Shamrocks to an All-Ireland club SHC title earlier that year.

Current Antrim captain Neil McManus paid tribute, via Twitter, to a "gentleman who will always be remembered for forming Antrim into a formidable force."

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said: "I have known Jim for many years. He was a first class GAA player, an excellent Antrim manager, and a hurling legend."

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