The funeral is set to take place this Sunday morning of Donegal's most respected and oldest citizens, Jack Hannigan.

Aged 104, he was particularly well known in GAA circles.

Requiem Mass will take place at 11am in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar. Interment afterwards in Stranorlar Cemetery.

The Donegal GAA County Committee, together with all Donegal Gaels offer their sympathies to the family, friends and MacCumhaill Club members on his sad passing.

Jack was the tunnel steward for over 50 years at MacCumhaills Park. A former player for the club as a footballer and hurler, Jack attended many games throughout his life but was at home in MacCumhaill Park.

He was the Joint-President of MacCumhaill's GAA Club.

There will be a Guard of Honour for the late Jack Hannigan at his funeral.

Glowing tributes have been paid to one of the county's most respected former players.

The following was posted by his beloved MacCumhaill's club on its facebook page, and reflects the high esteem in which he was held.

"Jack was a giant of the GAA not only in our club but also in Donegal and further afield and attended an incredible 20 All-Ireland Finals in his lifetime but Mac Cumhaill Park was always his home. He was a legend in the Twin Towns and even at his age still drove to where he needed to be.

"Jack would have been a witness to so much change that occurred in Irish society but always kept his cherished Gaelic Games close to heart as a member of football and hurling teams in his playing days.

"No doubt two of his fondest memories would have been of Donegal lifting the Sam Maguire in 1992 and 2012. Jack had the special honour of running a commemorative All-Ireland Champions 2012 flag up the pole in Mac Cumhaill Park at the start of the 2013 season to signal to every other county where Sam Maguire resided at that time.

"He was a determined full-back in his day and gave it his all. Jack played with his three brothers Paddy, Jim and Cathal back all those years ago and he also had the opportunity to play alongside his son Pat for a number of years.

"Jack’s last year of playing was for Erin’s Hope, (who would change their name to Seán Mac Cumhaills 1956) in 1955 and saw them win the Junior Championship and his first title of note was the 1932 Democrat Cup.

"Jack was a close friend of our club’s namesake Seán Mac Cumhaill, who would give him a lift to school, and no doubt it was a feeling of pride for him to have the Twin Town’s club and Ground named after his good friend. With his playing days over, Jack’s love of the games never left him. He continued to play his part and would go on to man the tunnel at Mac Cumhaill Park for 50 years and certainly had a few stories to tell.

"At the 2013 Donegal Senior Football Championship final, then Donegal County Board Chairman Sean Dunnion presented Jack with a special plaque to mark his 100th birthday. In 2015, shortly after his 102nd birthday, Jack was honoured by the Ulster GAA Writers Association, who presented him with the John McAviney Award for Lifetime Services to the GAA.

"The club would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to all of Jack’s family and in particular to his grandsons Ogilvie and Oliver McGorarty who are members of the Senior Reserve Football side.

"Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis."

GAA broadcaster Jerome Quigg posted this video of an interview that he did when Jack was 96.

https://www.facebook.com/jerome.quinn.7/videos/vb.1170902734/10212617079759865/?type=2&theater

In a 2015 interview with reporter Chris McNulty, Jack made clear his love of being in the grounds by stating “if there is a ball rattling I’ll be there ”

He was so proud to have received the lifetime achievement award at the county final in 2013 and almost to the day it was his 100 birthday. He was also inducted into our Hall Of Fame a number of years ago at the GAA County Banquet at which he attended along with his daughter Annette.

In 2015 he was honored by the Ulster Sports Writers and was so proud to have received this recognition unfortunately he could not attend but he was interviewed prior to the the event which was shown on the day and it brought the house down with his wit and memory.

Jack’s involvement spans decades and he is the only surviving member of the winning Democrat Cup team of 1932 when the club was then known as Erin’ Hope. He was also part of the team that won the Junior Championship in 1955. In 1956 the club changed its name to Sean MacCumhaills and Jack has continued his involvement up to this day.

Jack is predeceased by his wife Winifred, and son Pat.

The Donegal GAA Co. Committee in a statement, has expressed its sympathies to his daughters Noeleen, Antoinette Son John, his Grandchildren nieces, nephews and extended family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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