The late John Morrison pictured with James Glancy at the launch of the Leitrim GAA Games & Coaching Development initiative in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada recently
Tributes have been paid to former Leitrim assistant manager John Morrison today following his death.
He served alongside Mickey Moran in Leitrim from 2009 to 2011.
A highly respected coach, the Armagh native worked with seven inter-county teams - Armagh, Antrim, Donegal, Derry, Mayo, Leitrim and Cavan and also managed the Monaghan ladies senior team.
John's popularity throughout the county was evident from the number of tributes, from all counties, posted following the announcement of his death.
Leitrim GAA is greatly saddened to hear this news. What a character and a brilliant innovative coach who added so much to Leitrim GAA in his time here with Mickey Moran from 2009-2011. RIP Big Man..— Leitrim GAA (@LeitrimGAA) February 12, 2019
All involved with Mayo GAA are saddened to hear of the passing of legendary coaching figure John Morrison. He had huge influence on Mayo getting to the All Ireland Final in 2006. He'll be sadly missed by all of those who encountered him. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. #mayogaa pic.twitter.com/BLfV3WtQEV— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) February 12, 2019
We are saddened to learn of the death of our former senior football coach, John Morrison. An inspirational man with a brilliant coaching mind who leaves us with many fond memories. Our thoughts are with John's family and Armagh Gaels at this time. pic.twitter.com/WuTAmBTOeg— Derry GAA (@Doiregaa) February 12, 2019
John Morrison was one of the legendary souls in GAA. He brought so much to Mayo during his time with Mickey. Privileged to have worked with him and I know he’s probably smiling down on us all. RIP— Alan Dillon (@Alan_Dillon) February 12, 2019
John Morrison: one of the GAA's great, innovative coaches. His legacy of so many well-coached players is only part of what he did for many people. One of life's great optimists, a conversation with Morrison was like swallowing down a tonic that left you light headed. RIP big man.— Michael Foley (@MickFoley76) February 12, 2019
Sad to hear of the passing of John Morrison. Really opened my eyes to "coaching" at a young age. I'll never forget practicing the high catch with John, using balloons, at the solid age of 11 #RIP— John Heslin (@jheslin14) February 12, 2019
John Morrison once told a group of players at a training session to go over to a skip at the side of the pitch and throw their negative thoughts into it. Way ahead of his time. Lovely man and a great #GAA man. RIP.— Jerome Quinn (@JeromeQuinn) February 12, 2019
Devasting new to hear this morning that john Morrison has sadly passed away. He was a huge help to me as a player and hugely respected in the country with his way ahead of his time coaching ideas. RIPJM pic.twitter.com/JM0MvoXNeR— Conor.mortimer (@Conmort) February 12, 2019
“You’re laughing at me because I’m different, but I’m laughing at you because you’re all the same!”— Gaelic Player Development (@PlayerGaelic) February 12, 2019
So said my friend John Morrison. He was so far ahead of us in coaching, taking us aback with his ideas, confident that we would soon see their worth...and we did. I will miss him.
Devastated & distraught to hear of John's passing. One of my dearest friends, a father figure to me. He did so much for me as a coach & a person. Brought me into his sessions in Mayo, Leitrim, Cork, shared all he knew. Moulded me & 1000s of others. Ní bheidh a Leithéad an aris. https://t.co/rtWytAmCmj— Turlough O Brien (@TurloughCarlow) February 12, 2019
This picture sums him up surely. An absolute gent. Devastated to hear such sad news. No more than any team he coached, he did so much for myself and many others while @LeitrimGAA Rest In Peace John https://t.co/MeNntNcEq0— Emlyn Mulligan (@emlynmulligan) February 12, 2019