GAA star loses his battle with meningitis
Derry footballer Aaron Devlin has died in hospital after losing his battle with an aggressive strain of meningitis.
The 23-year-old took ill after a challenge game with his club Ballinderry last week.
His family said that they hoped their memories of Aaron would help them cope with their loss.
"This has been an unimaginably tough and dark time for us - and will continue to be," they said.
"The actions, words, prayers, kindness and support from so many people genuinely touched us. We may never be able to thank everyone, but it has helped us realise what an impact he made on this world in just 23 years. We've gained so much strength and pride from it," they added.
The Oak Leaf forward is survived by his mother Carmel, father Eugene, sister Anna and brothers Ronan and Coilin.
He had recently graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.
GAA President, Liam O'Neill, said his passing came as a great shock, adding: "He was fit and in the prime of his life - so the loss is even more acute."
The Derry County Board also paid tribute to the player.