Tragic GAA manager's devastated family moved by support
TRIBUTES have been paid to a hurling manager described as 'small in physicality but big in heart' after his death in a freak accident.
Offaly U-21 hurling manager Dermot Hogan (43) died after falling from a farm shed.
Mr Hogan, who operated a farm at Coolderry outside Roscrea on the Tipperary-Offaly border, is survived by his wife, Marie, and three teenage daughters, Lisa, Rachel and Ciara.
It is believed he was painting the farm shed but missed his footing while working on the roof. He sustained multiple head and neck injuries when he fell on to the shed's concrete floor.
The accident happened minutes before Mr Hogan was due to finish work for the evening. The alarm was raised by his wife who was working nearby.
Mr Hogan was rushed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore but despite doctors' efforts, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The Hogan family last night said they were "absolutely devastated" and appealed to anyone working in the farming industry to be aware of its perils. "This type of accident serves as a reminder to us all of the dangers associated with farming," his brother, Eugene, told the Irish Independent.
"We would urge anyone in farming to exercise the maximum degree of caution to protect themselves in their work."
Eugene Hogan said the heartbroken family have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support, particularly from the Coolderry community.
"Dermot was obviously someone held in very high esteem and as a family we have taken enormous comfort from the tributes paid to him and the lengths people have gone to support us at this difficult time."
Offaly GAA chairman Padraig Boland said the sporting world was in mourning.
"It is a huge loss to Offaly hurling," he said. Dermot's passion and enthusiasm for Offaly hurling was simply infectious."