The death has taken place of former star Cavan defender P. J. McCaffrey, who had a lengthy association with the Gaeil Colmcille club in Kells.

A native of Bawnboy in north Cavan, P.J. lined out with the local Templeport club. A no nonsense defender, he was a vital part of a fine Breifne combination which captured Ulster titles in 1962 and 64.

The great Down side of the early sixties were beaten on both occasions. Later P.J.’s teaching career took him over the Meath border where he immediately became involved with the Gaeil Colmcille club in Kells, there acting in many roles, including those of referee, club official and county board officer.