Thursday 29 September 2016

Van Zyl leads tributes for Adam

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

28 September 2013; Adam Mangan, Leinster. Under 18 Club Interprovincial, Leinster v Munster, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Adam Mangan, Leinster. Under 18 Club Interprovincial, Leinster v Munster, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

It was with great sadness that Leinster Rugby learnt of the death of Adam Mangan, 19, who died in a tragic farm accident recently.

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Adam, a talented Gaelic football player who featured for Offaly's minors, played with the Leinster U-18 Clubs team and his local club, Tullamore RFC.

Adam was a part of the Leinster U-18 Clubs team that won the Interprovincial title in 2013, scoring a try in the match against Ulster, and helping the team to lift the trophy with victory in their final game against Connacht.

Adam's coach with the U-18 Clubs, Dan van Zyl, paid tribute to a young man who was "a pleasure to coach".

Dan added: "Adam was a lovely young lad who always had a smile on his face and was a very important member of the Leinster Youth Interprovincial-winning side.

"He was a very good winger with an eye for the try-line and it was a pleasure to coach him and to have got to know him as a person.

"He captained the Midlands side when they won the Shane Horgan Cup competition and was very popular amongst his peers.

"It is a real sad day for rugby and I am distraught by the news."

Adam's parents, Ray and Janette, and his siblings Cathal, Mark and Shane are all in our thoughts, as are his friends, team-mates and the local community in Kilclonfert as they come to terms with their loss.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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