Wednesday 17 October 2018

Tragedy on the field of play

HEARTS have gone out all over the country to the family of Philip McGuinness, who has died of an injury sustained while playing Gaelic football for his club team, Mohill. But the tragedy will be felt with particular poignancy in the county of Leitrim.

Philly was 26 years old. Most of them were good years. He grew up in the Celtic Tiger era, when Leitrim, once a byword for poverty and emigration, thrived. And although the housing collapse has affected the county more than almost any other, fewer young men and girls have been forced to emigrate than in the bad old days.

Philly had his football. He also had a job as a mechanical engineer. To reflect on the good things in his life may bring some small consolation to his family and friends when their present grief abates.

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