Tributes continue on passing of former Roscommon footballer Liam Gilmartin

Tributes continue to be paid to former Roscommon footballer Liam Gilmartin who died over the weekend.

The former midfielder was the last surviving member of the 1943/44 Roscommon football team – the last side to lift Sam Maguire for the county. He passed away over the weekend at the age of 97 in Dublin, where he had been living for a number of years.

The midfielder was the captain when the county won its first ever minor in 1939 but his career was cut-short in 1945 after he contracted TB while stationed as a Garda near Croke Park. Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show, Roscommon GAA historian Tony Conboy said it was ironic that despite suffering such a terrible blow to his health,he lived such a long life.