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Tributes paid to ‘gentleman’ and former president of Armagh Cricket Club

Tributes have been paid to the former president of Armagh Cricket Club who has sadly passed away.

Michael Cairns, who has been described as “a gentleman”, was the club’s president at the turn of the century.

A statement released by the club announced Mr Cairn’s sad passing.

“Michael was a long serving supporter of the club and although never a senior player, acted as committee member, treasurer and most significantly as our Club President in 1999-2000,” a spokesperson said.

“His sons Chris, Timothy and Andrew all represented the club at various levels over the years with Chris captaining the clubs 1st XI in 2002.

“We wish to pass our sympathy to his wife Eileen, sons Chris, Timothy and Andrew and to all of the wider Cairns family circle at this difficult time.

“Our thoughts are also with our friend and groundsteam member Allenby Burgess and indeed the wider Burgess family circle after the tragic events of Saturday night and the death of Mr Nigel Burgess.”

Paying tribute to Mr Cairns on social media, Michael Villiers, commented: “Very sad news, played my first games of cricket when Michael looked after the youth teams. My thoughts are with both families.”

James Scott described him as a “total gentleman”.

Our thoughts are with the Cairns family at this sad time.

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