Eamonn Burns, who won two All-Ireland SFC crowns with Down and managed the county to an Ulster final, has died aged 56.

Burns helped the Mourne men lift Sam Maguire in 1991 and 1994, starting in both of those deciders against Meath and Dublin respectively. 

He was a selector during James McCartan's reign from 2013 to 2014 and was ratified as manager in 2015.

Burns stepped away three years later, replaced by Paddy Tally, having led Down to the final of the 2017 Ulster thanks to wins over Armagh and a highly fancied Monaghan. 

They lost the final to Tyrone, and Burns decided to call it day after the following summer's Round 2 All-Ireland qualifier loss to Cavan. 

"Eamonn was a great ambassador for Down as a player and as a manager," a statement from Down GAA read.

"He was one of the good guys, always about the greater good, always selfless with his time and only wanting to give of his best in any task that he undertook.

"Down GAA have been privileged to have Eamonn Burns amongst our sons, he gave us as supporters many magical moments, he brought a smile to our faces and in those days of 1991 and 1994 he helped bring us glory days.

"Eamonn has been taken from us too soon. We will miss you Eamonn but we will smile in the memory of the days that you gave us. You were a true son of Down.

"Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam."