Friday 28 October 2016

'He was a gentleman on and off the pitch' - Irish man (23) dies in accident in Slovenia

Jane O'Faherty

Published 20/06/2016 | 10:29

Jack Fogarty
Jack Fogarty

A 23-year-old Irish man has died in an accident in Slovenia.

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Jack Fogarty from Castleknock, Co. Dublin, lost his life while visiting the country over the weekend.

The circumstances of his death have not been officially confirmed, but the Department of Foreign Affairs say they are providing consular assistance to Mr Fogarty's family.

Mr Fogarty was a keen footballer, and was due to start training with FC Hibernian in Clonshaugh, Co. Dublin.

He had previously played at both a junior and senior level at his local Castleknock Celtic football club.

Jim Geraghty, Chairman of Castleknock Celtic, said it was “very sad news”.

“All of his mates were at the European Championships," he added.

Mr Geraghty also said that Jack’s father had worked as a manager at the club, and that his younger brother Thomas also trained there.

His Club FC Hibernian paid tribute to the popular young man.

"Jack's footballing talents were always well recognised and he was a gentleman on and off the pitch.

"It is just a week since we spoke to Jack about coming to pre season training with FC Hibernian on his return from Slovenia, something which he was really looking forward to.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jacks family and for those of us at the club who were lucky enough to call Jack a friend, we certainly will miss him very much. RIP Jack."

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