The death has occurred of former Armagh All-Star and Ulster-winning captain Colm McKinstry.

The Clan na Gael clubman was one of the most famous players to ever pull on the orange jersey and formed a renowned midfield partnership with Joe Kernan that helped the side earn three Ulster titles in the late 1970s and early 80s.

In 1977, he was a key player as Armagh reached the All-Ireland final for only the second time in their history, only to lose to Dublin, while their run to the last four in 1980 saw his effort rewarded with an All-Star, only the county's fifth at the time. He had the honour of lifting the Anglo Celt in 1982.

McKinstry also shone for Lurgan club Clan na Gael who he represented between 1967 and 1985. The side won three Ulster Club titles in that period and made it to the All-Ireland final in 1974, only to lose out to UCD.

McKinstry also represented Ulster in the Railway Cup and after he finished playing, he managed his own club and took them to the Armagh final in 2006, the last time they have reached that stage.

Armagh chairman Michael Savage paid tribute to the Lurgan legend.

"The Armagh and wider GAA family are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Colm McKinstry, one of our greatest Gaels.

"Colm was a member of the 1977 All-Ireland final team, an All-Star recipient in 1980 and Armagh captain when he proudly lifted the Anglo Celt Cup in 1982. He was a renowned player for his county and club Clan na Gael for many years and a highly respected player and manager by all Gaels.

"On behalf of Contae Ard Mhacha, we extend our sincere and most heartfelt condolences to his wife Nuala, daughters Niamh, Grainne and Eimear, the wider family circle, to his fellow players, friends and members of Clan na Gael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."