Sunday 18 February 2018

Finalists in tribute to tragic Niall

Niall Donohue
Niall Donohue
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

HURLER Niall Donohue has been remembered by teammates at the Galway club hurling final.

The match between Portumna and Loughrea had been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed following the tragic death of the Kilbeacanty hurler.

A large number of players involved in the final had played alongside Niall over the years and the sense of grief was still palpable.

A minute's silence was held before the senior final to remember Niall, who was found dead at his Kilbeacanty home last Wednesday.

Portumna player and man of the match Andy Smith recalled him as the life and soul of the Galway dressing rooms, adding that his heart went out to Niall's devastated family.

"Niall was just a great, great fellow. He was a massive man and he is going to be a massive loss," he said.

Captain of the winning side, Ollie Canning said the death had sent shockwaves through the county.

"It is very, very sad. No words can describe it. Niall was a special talent. He was a great player, he wore his heart on his sleeve every day he went out."

Irish Independent

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