Sunday 16 June 2019

Talented Louis (23) was a mentor and a 'warrior on the pitch'

The late Louis Caplis in action with Dunlavin GAA Club
The late Louis Caplis in action with Dunlavin GAA Club

Deborah Coleman

There was an outpouring of grief throughout Dunlavin and its surrounding areas following the death of local man Louis Caplis on Thursday.

The 23-year-old from Tournant was well-known for his footballing talent and had lined out for Dunlavin GAA Club the previous Sunday in their Intermediate Football Championship match against neighbouring club Stratford-Grangecon.

In recent days, messages of sympathy have flowed from the GAA community throughout the county, with many clubs posting tributes to Louis on their social media pages.

Dunlavin GAA Club's committee and members were devastated to hear of the loss of such a young life and described their friend as 'a warrior on the pitch'.

'Louis took his position on the full back line of our Intermediate team, making the number 4 jersey his own. Louis has played football from underage with Dunlavin, and joined forces with Donard/Glen from the age of 12 for juvenile football, where he captained the St Nicholas Minor team and led them to a county final win in 2012. Great memories were created for our club on this occasion,' a committee spokesperson said.

They also acknowledged the strong bond between Louis and his team-mates.

'Louis was working behind the scenes on our committee for the past number of months, and had been working with juvenile teams mentoring younger players in recent years. Louis also stepped in to help out with our junior side this year. Rest in peace, our friend Louis.'

Son of Martin and Carmel Caplis, Louis was often seen working behind the bar in The Dunlavin Inn, which is owned by his parents. Since his death, many have remarked on what a kind and friendly manner Louis had with customers.

He also studied Accounting at Carlow Institute of Technology.

The GAA community rallied around the Caplis family and provided a guard of honour as Louis was laid to rest on Sunday. Many different club jerseys were seen on the day also, as the family had requested that they be worn where possible.

Louis is survived by his parents Martin and Carmel, brother Marty, sister Mary Ellen, aunties, uncles, grandmother and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Bray People