The Legends Series – Dr. Mick Loftus

In every sector of todays modern day world we are always grateful for the people who paved the way in making our world what it is today.
Every county in Ireland no matter if your hurling or football mad take pride in your stars past or future because they helped shaped what GAA means to your county.
In today’s post I will be talking about a man who may be a legend within the GAA itself always will known as one of the greats within Mayo GAA a rightful spot in this series Dr.Mick Loftus.
At St Muredach’s College in Ballina, Loftus played competitive Gaelic football at the underage level, before joining the Crossmolina club at senior levels and winning the county senior championship in 1949. 
While at University College Galway, he played football for the university team and won three Sigerson Cups.
Loftus made his inter-county debut at the age of seventeen when he was selected for the Mayo minor team. He won one championship season with the minor team, but finished the year as an All-Ireland runner-up. 
Loftus was a member of the Mayo senior team and made his debut in the 1949-50 league. During the next four years, Loftus made a number of appearances and won an All-Ireland medal as a non-playing substitute in 1951.
 

After hanging up his football boots, Loftus became a referee at club and county level. He took charge of the All-Ireland finals in 1965 and 1968.

Loftus also served in an administrative capacity with the GAA. He was chairman of the Connaught Council  and the Centenary Committee before serving as president of the GAA from 1985 until 1988.

Even though Loftus originates from Roscommon, the Crossmolina Deel Rovers legend will always have a place in the hearts of all lovers of GAA but even more in the hearts of Mayo GAA fans.
With his legacy being continued by his grand nephew Conor, in every picture or video I’ve seen you can always tell how proud Mick is of Conor and it really makes you stop and realise how magical the GAA is to peoples lives.
I always say how fortunate we are as a county to be able to have had absolutely exceptional people wear the Mayo jersey and to always remember the ones who came before and paved the way.
Dr. Mick contributed to making the GAA and especially Mayo GAA what it is today and as a fan how do you say thank you to someone that helped paved the way for the future of this ama zing sport that we love so much as fans.
When I look at the photo of Mick holding his medal with pride and honour you just think this is what it’s all about.
Although I would love to have seen Mick in his playing days he’s one man im proud to call a Mayo Legend and it’s safe to say his legacy will always be remembered as one of the greats to ever play the game 💚❤

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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