Saturday 24 March 2018

Tributes to GAA referee who died after camogie match

Dominic ‘Domo’ Rooney
Dominic ‘Domo’ Rooney
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GAA officials have expressed their shock after a Defence Forces veteran and camogie referee took ill at a juvenile match and later died.

Dominic 'Domo' Rooney (45) died despite desperate efforts to revive him, first by the pitch side in Douglas, Cork on Saturday and later at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Mr Rooney, a sergeant who served with the Defence Forces in both the Lebanon and Kosovo, was a keen GAA fan.

A native of Kildare, he had settled in Carrigtwohill in east Cork with his wife, Margaret, and four children after being based at Collins Barracks with the Defence Forces engineering corps.

A lifelong sports fan, he had become deeply involved in Carrigtwohill GAA.

At lunchtime on Saturday, he was refereeing an U-16 camogie match between Douglas and Brian Dillons at Douglas Community School. The match had just entered its second half when Mr Rooney suddenly took ill.

Officials from both clubs and onlookers rushed to his aid.

Mr Rooney was then rushed by ambulance to CUH. Despite efforts by doctors, he was pronounced dead shortly after admission.

Tributes to Mr Rooney were paid last night by Cork Co Board officials as well as Douglas, Brian Dillons and Carrigtwohill GAA clubs.

Irish Independent

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