THE FATHER of an Irish soccer player, who died suddenly last week, had suffered medical complications arising from surgery to an ankle injury from his hurling days.
Sean McShane (65), a former Dublin hurler and father of Irish soccer international Paul, died 10 days after a routine ankle injury.
The results of a post mortem carried out on his body are unknown but early indications suggest that he may have died as a result of blood clotting.
It was the second operation Mr McShane had undergone to sort out his troublesome ankle.
The father-of-three complained of feeling poorly days after his procedure and died suddenly at Loughlinstown Hospital after his condition worsened.
Paul missed his weekend engagement with Arsenal to be with his family over the weekend and returned to Hull City yesterday.
Originally from Raheny in Dublin, Mr McShane was living in Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, with his wife Anne and was due to lead his daughter Fiona down the aisle in May for her wedding to Kevin Maher, a professional footballer with Gillingham FC in England.
Parish priest Fr Liam Belton that the "jovial" character would be sadly missed in the area.
"He was having surgery on an old hurling injury on his ankle and something went terribly wrong. That man was good and healthy when he went in for that operation," he said.
"He was very well liked in the community and ran his own hackney business."
The parish priest told the Herald that a huge crowd had turned up for the funeral at St Patrick's Church in Kilquade over the weekend, including Dublin football greats Jimmy Keaveney, Paddy Cullen and Barney Rock
"There were at least 500 people there on both days, he obviously touched a lot of people in his life," he said.
Mr McShane had been a former chairman of the Newcastle Hurling Club in Wicklow but had recently taken an active role in Newtown GAA club.
"He coached an under 16 team for us for years and won a few championships, he had a great way about him," said Pat Doyle, club secretary.
"In recent years he was a great fundraiser for the club and was the driving force behind our golf classic."