Dublin manager, Jim Gavin, who was a neighbour of the late Liam Gilmartin in Raheny, paid a very generous tribute to the Roscommon legend who passed away last weekend.
“Liam spent a good part of his life in Dublin. He was a member of An Garda Siochana and I knew him well. He was a lovely man. I want to extend my condolences to the Gilmartin family and to Roscommon GAA on their loss. He was one of the outstanding players of his time. My father often spoke about Liam and that great Roscommon team.
“Liam will be very fondly remembered in Dublin and we will probably even claim him as a Dub in some respects as he was over 50 years in the Capital and I want to remember him here today.
“It’s a sad weekend for his family but we can also celebrate his achievements and the achievements of Roscommon in the 1940s. I never saw him play but as I said, I heard my father talk about him many times.
“It was nice that the two teams he most loved – Roscommon and Dublin – played each other the day after he passed on and I’m sure Liam is looking down on us and I think he would have enjoyed that game. It was a fitting tribute to him and the legacy that he left behind,” Mr. Gavin concluded.