Tuesday 23 January 2018

Birmingham GAA club pays tribute to one of their players who died in Tunisia

Owen Richards, Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards
Owen Richards, Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards

A GAA club in Birmingham have paid their respects to Joel Richards, one of the tourists shot dead in the massacre in Tunisia.

Twenty-two-year old Richards was a prominent player with the club as well as a talented soccer referee. His uncle Adrian Evans and grandfather Patrick Evans were also killed in the attack while his 16-year-old brother Owen is reported to have survived.

At least 38 people have now been killed in the shocking tragedy.

"James Connollys GFC is devastated to learn of the death of one of our players, Joel Richards, during the horrific attack in Tunisia," said the Birmingham-based GAA club in a statement last night.

"Joel was an exceptionally talented footballer, who represented both club and county with conviction on numerous occasions.

"Details of his funeral arrangements will follow; our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time."

The club also paid tribute to Lorna Carthy.

"As we mourn Joel and his family, please keep all at @Dunderry_Gaa in Meath in your prayers as they mourn the loss of Lorna Carty," the club tweeted.

The mother-of-two was heavily involved in the Dunderry GAA club in the county and her son Simon is member of Mick O'Dowd's Meath panel.

Mrs Carty's husband Declan is the treasurer at the club.

As a mark of respect, the club has postponed games involving their senior and junior hurling sides which were due to take place this weekend.

A statement released by the club read: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lorna Carty tonight Lorna was always there to give a helping hand with all of our teams and events.

"She was greatly loved in our community and will be dearly missed. She was greatly loved in our community and will be dearly missed.

"Her husband Declan is treasurer of our club, Simon her son plays both football and hurling with the club and is currently part of the Meath senior football panel, Hazel her daughter played camogie with the club. Please keep Lorna and her family in your prayers. You will be dearly missed Lorna. Rest In Peace.

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