Tyrone GAA faces into a future that does not now include one of our most influential figures of the past half-century-plus, Beragh Red Knights’ Frank Rodgers.
Tyrone’s modern position as a GAA power is these days largely taken for granted. But for decades it was anything but that, and Frank was one of a group of radical, innovative and visionary people who changed the path of GAA history here from the mid-1900s onwards.
A player for Tyrone at Minor, Junior and Senior levels before injury ended his playing career, Frank stepped in as Beragh Secretary in 1968 and held onto that vital role for the following quarter of a century. Alongside that he was heavily involved in the strategic reshaping and restructuring of Tyrone GAA in the 1970s, moving on to become one of Tyrone’s key administrators all through the 1980s and 1990s.
A believer, again before his time, in the importance of PR, communication and marketing, Frank also pioneered this work at Club and County levels. But never, ever with himself as its focus.
Tyrone GAA’s deepest sympathy goes to Frank’s family, to his many friends and colleagues, and to the Gaels and wider community of Beragh.
Gura móide Teaglach na Glóire a anam | May the Family of Glory be enriched by his soul.By Rory Cox Mon 31st Jul