Tributes pour in after inter-county hurling star (27) dies in crash
Published 25/04/2015 | 11:50
The GAA world has been paying its respects to Fermanagh hurler Shane Mulholland who died in a car crash last night.
The 27-year-old, who was employed as a hurling development officer by Cavan GAA, died following a colllision which happened between Lisnaskea and Derrylin in Fermanagh yesterday evening.
Another adult and two children were taken to hospital following the smash but have been discharged. Police continue to investigate the collision.
In a statement, Cavan GAA said: "Cavan GAA are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic and untimely passing of our Hurling Development Administrator Shane Mulholland in a car accident last night.
"A native of Loughiel, Co. Antrim, Shane lived in Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh. He was a talented hurler, playing for Lisbellaw and the Fermanagh Senior County Team.
"Shane took up the position of Cavan GAA HDA in January and was very energetic and passionate in his role and had so many plans. A true gentleman taken before his time.
"As a mark of respect to Shane, today’s Ulster Minor Shield Finals in hurling and football between Cavan and Tyrone were postponed.
"All in Cavan GAA extend our deepest sympathies to Shane’s wife Vanessa, their daughter Aisling, the extended Mulholland family, friends and colleagues.
"Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a ainm."
In a statement posted on their website, Fermanagh GAA mourned the talented player: "Fermanagh GAA is once again left desperately in shock with the news of our current Senior hurler Shane Mulholland’s untimely death on Friday in a car accident.
"We are all extremely shocked and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Shane.
"Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh Siad."
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “It was with deep regret that we learnt of the tragic passing of Shane early this morning in such shocking circumstances.
“He was a young man in his prime, immersed in our games playing and working to promote them on a daily basis.
“Our deepest sympathies go to his wife and daughter, the Mulholland family as a whole and his wide circle of friends.”
Tributes have been paid on social media since the tragic news broke:
Devastating news about Shane Mulholland. A man who brought so much to his adopted home. He'll be sadly missed by those who knew & loved him.— Phil Flanagan (@PhilFlanagan) April 25, 2015
So sad to hear of death of Shane Mulholland. He was such a great guy, doing great work for hurling dev in Ulster pic.twitter.com/Qq3lC8xEc1— Kevin Kelly Mánas (@Kev_Manas) April 25, 2015
Complete shock at the passing of a colleague and good friend Shane Mulholland. A nicer guy you couldn't meet. #RipShane— Pauric Dowdall (@Postynumber1) April 24, 2015