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Tributes: Morgan Keena

Tributes: Morgan Keena

Tributes: Morgan Keena

A GAA referee has died two weeks after collapsing at a game in Co Roscommon.

Tributes were paid yesterday after the death of Morgan Keena was announced by his club Clann na nGael.

Mr Keena was treated by medics after taking ill before a challenge game at the club's grounds in Johnstown, Co Roscommon, on Saturday, February 8.

He was taken to hospital but failed to recover and passed away on Saturday morning.

Roscommon GAA chairman Seamus Sweeney said the father of two took ill two weeks ago while preparing to referee a challenge game between Roscommon and Dublin minor teams. He spent the last two weeks in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Clann na nGael said: "It is with deep regret and sadness that Clann na nGael advise of the untimely passing of Morgan Keena. He was a valued member within our club as a player, manager, referee and lifelong supporter."

Tributes were placed on the club's Facebook page, including from one local man who had played football with him.

He wrote: "Even after football if you'd meet in town he'd always stop for the chat and have a laugh, was a pleasure to be teammates on the field and friends off it, a genuinely nice fella. Rest in peace Morgan."

Mr Keena, who lived in Tubberclair, Co Westmeath, is survived by his wife Laura, daughters Hazel and Chloe, parents Pat and Maura, brothers Mike, Martin and Paddy, sisters Patricia, Mary, Sarah and Helen.

His funeral Mass will take place at 11am today followed by burial in Drum cemetery in Co Westmeath. Club members have been asked to wear club colours.

Irish Independent