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Funeral arrangements announced for Kate Moran who died tragically after camogie match

The Commerce student was remembered as ‘tremendous role model’ 


Kate Moran

Kate Moran

Kate Moran playing for Galway in the All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

Kate Moran playing for Galway in the All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

Kate Moran

Kate Moran


Kate Moran

The funeral arrangements for camogie player Kate Moran, who died tragically on Tuesday, have been announced.

Ms Moran’s removal from her home in Monivea, Co Galway, where she will be reposing on Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, is to take place on Friday morning to the Church of The Sacred Heart in Ryehill for funeral mass at 1pm.

The talented player (20) will be buried afterwards in Templemoyle Cemetery, Newcastle, Athenry.

A funeral notice on RIP.ie said Ms Moran read: “Sadly missed by her loving family, parents Cathal and Mary, siblings Thady, Leah and Saoirse, her loving boyfriend TJ Brennan, grandmothers Bridie Moran and Amelia Murphy, aunts, uncles, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends.”

Ms Moran’s family have also asked for the house to be private on Friday morning.

A vigil will take place tonight at Kenny Park in Athenry at 9pm to remember Ms Moran.

The chairperson of the Galway camogie board, Brian Griffin, said the people of Galway are “numbed” by Ms Moran’s tragic death.

Mr Griffin said the future was bright for the young camogie star. She represented Galway at U16 level and won two All-Ireland medals and also represented Athenry at senior level.

“We’re in total shock in Galway, in disbelief really since the news filtered through on Monday. It’s hard to get our heads around what’s happened,” he told RTÉ’s Drivetime.

“We give our condolences of course to the Moran family, our thoughts have to be with them at this terrible time and with Kate’s friends.”

“It’s incomprehensible to be honest, you leave home to go and play a game and this happens, it’s really going to take a long time for it to sink in and for people to deal with it.”

“Communities are strong, and they will rally together and take care of each other going forward and that’s all we can do.”

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Ms Moran initially walked away from an accidental collision on the pitch, but later collapsed and lost consciousness before dying in hospital a day later.

Tributes have flooded in for the player who died 24 hours after suffering a head injury during a club match between Athenry and Ardrahan.

Emergency services rushed to Ardrahan in south Co Galway following the accident, which occurred during a league game on Monday.

The game was abandoned as emergency medics attended to the player.

It is understood Ms Moran, who was wearing a helmet, first was able to walk away from the accidental clash but minutes later lost consciousness and collapsed.

It is also understood Ms Moran and another player went up for a ball at the same time and her head was struck by the backswing of the hurl.

She was rushed to University Hospital Galway where she was pronounced dead yesterday evening.

Galway Camogie says it will investigate the tragedy.

The death has stunned the Athenry area and the sporting community across Co Galway.

The NUIG Commerce student was a prominent player for several Galway underage teams and comes from a family steeped in GAA.

She was a member of the Galway minor team that lost to Cork in the 2018 final.

As a gesture of respect to Ms Moran and her family, Galway Camogie announced the postponement of all adult and juvenile games this week.


Kate Moran playing for Galway in the All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

Kate Moran playing for Galway in the All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

Kate Moran playing for Galway in the All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

Athenry Camogie Club last night paid tribute to Ms Moran as a “tremendous role model” and a “wonderful leader with a bubbly personality”.

“Today we learned of the death of our dear club-mate, Kate Moran,” it said.

“This is a terrible tragedy for her family, our club and our community. We are deeply saddened by these events.

“Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Moran family and friends. Kate will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

“Kate began playing with Athenry Camogie Club at underage level and quickly progressed to Senior A level with great distinction. She holds a Féile, Minor County and Intermediate County title. She played in a club All-Ireland Intermediate final.

“She won two All-Irelands at U16 level with Galway, both titles she was incredibly proud of.

“She was a tremendous role model for our many underage players and a wonderful leader both on and off the field of play.

“Her bubbly personality will be remembered for eternity.”

Ms Moran was an integral part of the Galway U16 teams that won back-to-back
All-Irelands beating Kilkenny in 2016 and Wexford in 2017.


Kate Moran

Kate Moran

Kate Moran

Galway County Council member Albert Dolan described her death as a “horrendous shock and a tragedy”.

“Kate attended the same national school and secondary school as myself,” he said.

“She was an incredibly talented camogie player.

“On behalf of the community of Monivea I want to express our deepest sympathies to Kate’s family,”

Oranmore-Maree Senior Camogie also cancelled its games for the coming week.

“Galway Camogie clubs woke up to devastating news this morning with the passing of a beautiful young Athenry camogie player, Kate Moran,” the club wrote on its website yesterday.

“This is a far-reaching tragedy as many of our own senior girls would have played with Kate on the NUIG camogie team and with her on the 2017 Galway U16s and the 2018 Galway minor panel.”

The club said the camogie community was “absolutely heartbroken” by the news.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, broadcaster Marty Morrissey described Kate as a “brilliant, brilliant camogie player”. 

"Our deepest sympathies go to Kate Moran's family,” he said.

"Kate was a brilliant, brilliant camogie player. Our hearts go out to everyone in Athenry because they will be heartbroken after this accident.”

Ms Moran was the eldest of four children and is survived by her parents, Mary and Cathal, brother Thady and sisters Leah and Saoirse.

The family run a successful auctioneering business and are well-known throughout Co Galway.

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