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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Offaly under-21 hurling manager dies in fall while painting at family farm

Jason O'Brien, News Editor

Published 25/07/2014 | 07:22

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25 June 2014; Offaly manager Dermot Hogan. Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship, Semi-Final, Wexford v Offaly, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Dermot Hogan at the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship semi-final, Offaly v Wexford in June of this year Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

THE Offaly Under-21 hurling manager Dermot Hogan has died in a fall while painting at his family home.

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The incident happened at a farm at Coolderry, outside Roscrea in Co Tipperary yesterday evening.

It is understood that Mr Hogan (43)was painting part of a shed on the family farm when he fell through a roof that he had been standing on, and suffered serious head injuries.

His wife Marie, who was close by, raised the alarm, and paramedics worked frantically to save him - but he was later pronounced dead at Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore

Mr Hogan worked as a farmer and in a meat factory in north Tipperary.

He was heavily involved in Offaly and Coolderry GAA. Coolderry is on the Tipperary-Offaly border.

He was named as the Offaly u-21 manager earlier this year, and was given a two-year term and County Chairperson Padraig Boland has said that Mr Hogan will be a “huge loss to Offaly hurling.”

“His passion and enthusiasm for Offaly hurling was simply infectious,” he told Independent.ie

“it was no secret that we were struggling to find a manger for the U21 hurlers this year. There was not a lot of hope around the county, but Dermot stepped forward and I will be eternally grateful for that. He introduced a professional set-up after success at both club and county level previously.

“He loved to talk and hurling was the usual topic. He loved his hurling and will be a huge loss to Offaly hurling. Whatever loss we have pales into insignificance for that of his family.

“He was a small man in physicality, but big in heart.”

Offaly lost in the semi-final of the championship to eventual Leinster champions Wexford.

Mr Hogan had an impressive record at club level.

The Coolderry man led his home club to Minor success in 2008 while also steering the Coolderry men to the Offaly U21 title in 2010. He was also a selector in last year's Offaly Minor hurling management setup.

He is survived by his wife Marie and three daughters Lisa, Rachel and Ciara.

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