The late PJ Oates: an appreciation

I was saddened to hear of the passing of PJ Oates last Sunday morning. I know that PJ was sick for the past few years and I knew that he wasn’t well in recent weeks but PJ’s passing is very sad for those of us who knew the man well.   I know that when people pass away everyone likes to say nice things about them but for me and many people who knew PJ well, the nice things we are saying this week are heartfelt and true.   Put simply, PJ Oates was a great character – one of a kind. Growing up, PJ was always there as a GAA official. He was responsible for so many underage teams over the years that we have all lost count. Whatever was on, PJ was there