Dublin GAA club pays tribute following untimely death of one of its members
A Dublin GAA club is in mourning following the untimely death of one of its members this week.
Popular Garda Padraig Moran (46), a member of the Offaly Under-21 football team who won the All Ireland in 1988, drowned in the river Liffey on Monday.
Originally from Gurteen in Co Offaly, Sgt Moran lived in Castleknock in Dublin where he continued his involvement in Gaelic Football with St Brigid's.
The club has expressed its sadness following Sgt Moran's passing.
"St Brigids GAA are saddened to announce the passing of Padraig Moran," read a statement.
"The Trustees and members of St. Brigids GAA Club wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Moran family on the death of Padraig. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal.
Sgt Moran leaves behind his beloved wife Fiona and children Alana, Brian and Aoibhinn.
It is the second tragedy to hit Offaly GAA in the past few days following the passing of 19-year-old Adam Mangan who sustained fatal head injuries while working with equipment - which included a trailer - on a farm near Derryarkin, close to the village of Rhode in Co Offaly last Saturday.
Padraig Boland, chairperson of the Offaly County Board, said the entire community has been left devastated by the passing Mangan.
"Adam was a young man who had leadership qualities on and off the field. He played with the Offaly minor team for two years," Mr Boland said.
"He was a young man that was full of the joys of life, he really was. He played centre field for his club.
"His loss is felt by everybody in Offaly GAA. But our thoughts are first and foremost with his parents and siblings."