Tuesday 19 September 2017

'He left us doing what he loved most in the world' - GAA club pays tribute to player who died after training session

Donal Devine in action for Westmeath in 2002
Donal Devine in action for Westmeath in 2002
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

The GAA community is in shock following the sudden death of a Westmeath hurler following a training session with his club Castlepollard on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson for Westmeath GAA told Independent.ie that Donal Devine took ill immediately after a training session and sadly passed away.

40-year-old Devine has won four senior county championships with his club (1995, 1997, 2003 and 2005) and played at inter-county level for Westmeath.

A statement released on the Castlepollard hurling club Facebook page read: "Last night a light went out in Castlepollard Hurling Club. Club man, Hurling man, Family man and Friend, Donal Devine left us doing what he loved most in the world, playing hurling with his beloved club.

"Castlepollard Hurling Club would like to wish all Donal's family our gravest condolences in this dark time. A veteran of 4 senior championship victories and countless underage victories Donal brings an impressive haul of silverware with him to the great hurling team in the sky. Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam. Castlepollard Hurling Club."

His brother, Alfie, is an inter-county referee while his nephew Alan plays for the Westmeath senior team.

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