McCague is survived by his wife Bernie MCCague. This is no other information about his wife as he McCague preferred to keep his family life separate from the media.
Seán McCague was an Irish sports administrator who served as the 33rd president of the Gaelic Athletic Association (2000–2003). McCague was born in Scotstown, County Monaghan and became the first Monaghan man to hold that office.
As president, he will be mostly remembered for the removal of Rule 21 in November 2001. Rule 21 banned members of the British security forces (who were an unwelcome force for most GAA fans) from playing Gaelic games.
The rule was abolished despite the opposition of five of the six northern counties (Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone).
McCague had a lengthy and famous connection with the organization at all levels; nevertheless, the achievement for which he is most renowned is the sure-footed leadership that led to the repeal of Rule 21.
McCague had a long and illustrious involvement with the organization. This accomplishment is the one that he is most well-known for among his other accomplishments.
Rule 21, which stated that members of the British and Northern Irish security forces were ineligible to join the GAA, was a contentious issue.
The abolition of Rule 21, which McCague was responsible for bringing about, is the accomplishment for which he is most well-known and for which he is acclaimed. It is also the reason why he is renowned.
At the annual 2001 GAA Congress, McCague convinced Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to pledge €76 million towards the redevelopment of Croke Park. This amount was later reduced to €38 million. McCague died on 24 November 2022, at the age of 77.