Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has paid tribute to Dublin County Board chairman Andy Kettle who lost his battle with cancer yesterday evening aged 68.

Kettle, who is survived by his wife Phyllis, sons Patrick, Peter and Eoin and daughters Niamh, Orla and Ciara, sadly passed on yesterday after contracting pneumonia during his chemotherapy treatment.

The hugely popular figure beat prostate cancer 14 years ago but a routine check-up revealed that it had returned in October.

Kettle took over from Gerry Harrington in 2010 and was in charge during the county’s most successful period of modern times as they swept to two All-Ireland senior titles and two under 21 titles in football and made the breakthrough in hurling with a league in 2011 followed by their landmark Leinster championship two years later, their first in 40 years.

He head been re-elected for a fifth term on Monday night.

Paying tribute to the Fingal Ravens clubman, Gavin told RTE Radio One: “He had been fighting his illness for quite some time. Andy was devoted to the Gaelic Athletic Association. He leaves behind a legacy of service and influence in the GAA.

“We’d a very open and honest relationship with Andy. He was a man of integrity. He was very principled.

“He had a great passion for the association and for developing gaelic games in Dublin, both hurling and football, and I do recall, after some of our games sharing a meal with Andy, that he talked with great pride about the Fingal hurling team.

“Everything that Andy did was totally focused on the best for Dublin GAA and the association at large, and to that end, he attended our training sessions, he attended team meetings, he came with the players on the bus, he was in the dressing room at our shoulder in victory and defeat.

“If one was going to battle, Andy Kettle is someone you would want at your side.”

Bernard Brogan tweeted: ” Andy, our county board chairman was a gent and a true blue, R.I.P Andy.”

Mr Kettle’s son Peter told the Herald: “he will be greatly missed” adding that he “loved his club and the GAA.”

Meanwhile tributes poured in from across the GAA world.

“Very sad to hear of Andy Kettle passing away,” Dubs footballer Paul Flynn said.

He described Mr Kettle as “a gentleman and a great GAA man”, adding “may he rest in peace”.

Former player Paul Clarke also paid tribute saying he was a “brilliant worker, ambassador and representative of Dublin GAA” adding that his death was a “big loss”.

There has been a huge response on social media to his passing.(
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