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Pals thought tragic captain was choking

A YOUNG footballer died from a suspected heart attack shortly after playing a club match.

Martin Sheridan (22) collapsed while out for food with teammates after the game on Saturday afternoon.

Friends initially thought that he was choking on a chip, then tried desperately to revive him when he fell to the ground.

The shocking incident took place on Tullow Street, Carlow, when Mr Sheridan was at the Cafe Roma with pals.

The talented footballer, from Coill Dubh, Naas, Co Kildare, was in the town after playing a game with St Kevin's, of Staplestown, against Carlow side Palatine.

He had only recently enrolled in a college course to train as a greenkeeper and worked at a local golf club.

It is understood he had complained of not feeling well after the match. He appeared breathless after eating some food and collapsed to the pavement.

Pals attempted to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived at the scene but their efforts failed.

It is believed that he suffered heart failure but a post-mortem exam is expected to determine the exact cause of death.

Mr Sheridan had previously been fitted with a pacemaker for a heart defect and died shortly after 11pm on Saturday.

Chairman of St Kevin's GAA club John Noone said its members were "very cut up" about the death of an "exceptional" man.

"He was a very popular young lad and a sensible young man, something that's hard to find nowadays."


Mr Noone said Martin was due to captain St Kevin's second team in the Kildare reserve team championship semi-final on Wednesday.

"He was looking forward to it, he was outstanding in the quarter final, he was man of the match," said Mr Noone.

He is survived by his parents Peter and Anna, as well as his brothers Peter, Christopher, Patrick and Kevin.