Young Hawe was a promising handball star
Alan Hawe was recognised as a promising young handballer when hurling legend DJ Carey visited his school after he won the Leinster Junior Colleges Handball championship.
Hawe, who grew up in Windgap, Co Kilkenny, was a champion junior handballer for the local GAA Handball Club. He was thrilled when the Kilkenny hurling legend brought the Liam McCarthy cup to his Christian Brothers School in nearby Callan when Kilkenny won the championship in the 1990s.
Mr Hawe's uncle, Nicolas, was one of the founding members of the local club and the entire family was heavily involved in handball. Alan won several trophies over the years while his brothers, Enda and DJ, also won several titles.
"They were all very well respected by the club," Seamus Reade, chairman of the Kilkenny GAA Handball Board, said of the Hawe family. "It's unbelievable. No one can understand it."
He said the shocking incident in Ballyjamesduff on Monday was the second tragedy to rock the community following the sudden death of Kilkenny handball legend Michael 'Ducksie' Walsh at the age of 50 in early August.