'Steven is one of us for now and forever' – GAA club pays tribute after player dies at training
A Derry GAA club has paid tribute father-of-one Steven Deeney after the footballer tragically died last night during training.
St. Aidan's Magilligan club were training in Limavady when Deeney (32) collapsed at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre. The Limavady Borough Council confirmed that medical attention was on the scene within five minutes.
Club chairman Peter Mullan said the club and entire Magilligan community was in deep shock at the death of the young father.
“We are totally shocked,” Mr Mullan told the Derry Journal. “Steven was the heart and soul of the club, and he was very active in anything that was going on in the club.
“He was a delight to have around and he was just full of life. It’s a great loss to the club and to everyone. He was a much loved and respected club member, and Steven will be sadly missed.”
Tributes have poured in for the player and the club issued a heartfelt statement on their Facebook page late last night.
We pass on our sympathies to the Deeney family on the untimely passing Steven. One of us now and forever. RIP. Chuid eile i siochain— MagilliganGAC (@MagilliganGAC) January 22, 2015
"It's with deep shock and a heavy, heavy heart that we, as a club, committee members, players and the entire community send on our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the entire Deeney family on the passing of Steven," it read.
"A father, son, and brother to them. And one of the Magilligan GAA group. May you rest in peace with God above. Chuid eile i siochain."