FAI leads the tributes to official who died in crash
THE FAI led tributes last night to a leading football official who tragically died in a car accident just hours after celebrating his friend's election as association president.
John Sherlock, of Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon, died after the car he was driving crashed into a wall near his home on the main N61 Athlone to Roscommon road at 6am yesterday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Roscommon General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Mr Sherlock, who was in his 50s, was vice-chairman of the Football Association of Ireland's (FAI) Junior Council.
He was also vice-president of the Connacht Football Association and secretary of the Roscommon District League.
He also sat on the FAI's National Council as well as the FAI's development committee and the Connacht FA's executive committee.
The single-vehicle accident took place as Mr Sherlock was returning home from a function in Athlone to celebrate the election of his close friend, Athlone businessman Paddy McCaul, as FAI president.
Mr Sherlock grew up in Baylough, near Athlone.
"The entire football community is in shock at the news of John's death," Mr McCaul said last night.
"He was a tremendous worker and was the driving force behind the Roscommon league. He will be sorely missed."
FAI chief executive John Delaney said he was "devastated" by the news.
He said: "John Sherlock was a gentle giant and his untimely death has robbed Irish football of a great man."
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old student who had performed very well in his Leaving Cert exams was also killed in a single vehicle accident early yesterday morning.
He was named locally as Shane Breen, of Gowran, Co Kilkenny. The teenager died when his car struck a wall at 6.25am on the N9 between Bagenalstown and Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow.