Former Clare football manager and Munster Council chairman Noel Walsh has died at the age of 84.

A native of Miltown Malbay in West Clare, Walsh was known in the county as 'Mr Clare Football' - he served on three separate occasions as Clare Manager and was a selector for 20 years. 

It was Walsh who brought John Maughan to Clare and was a selector with him when they won the Munster Championship in 1992, the first time since 1935 (and most recent) that it hadn't been claimed by Cork or Kerry.

Walsh served as Muster Chairman from 1995 to 1998.  He argued passionately and eventually succeeded in getting an open draw in the Munster Football Championship where traditionally Cork and Kerry were seeded.

Walsh stood twice for the GAA Presidency but was elected a Trustee of the Association. 

As a player, he won two Clare Senior Football Championship medals with the St. Josephs Miltown-Malbay Club he later served as club secretary and chairman and represented Clare at Minor and Junior Football level.

Munster Council Chairman Liam Lenihan said: "Noel made a major contribution to the GAA. During his term as Munster Council Chairman, it was his great honour to present the Munster Hurling Cup to Clare Captain Anthony Daly in 1995 after a 62 year gap, just three years after serving as a Clare Selector when they won the Munster Senior Football title.

"He was a very genuine supporter and one of the people who made the GAA what it is, a Community based Worldwide Organisation that gives people a sense of pride in their own place. His example is being followed today by those helping vulnerable people in their own Communities. On behalf of the Munster Council, we extend our deepest sympathies to Noel's family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."