Tomás Ó Sé: Aodhán's loss stuns GAA family
I can safely say that the whole of West Kerry has been devastated this week over the shockingly untimely death of young Aodhán ó Conchúir.
Life just feels desperately unfair at a time like this and you could hear the hurt in everybody's voices as they talked of this gem of a lad lost to his family at just 14. The idea that he could walk out of his house last Wednesday morning and never come home is heartbreaking.
I know his father, John, and can't even begin to imagine what that family is going through today because of what, by all accounts, was an innocuous incident.
You know we waste so much time in this world forgetting to live, forgetting to appreciate the people in our lives and all the blessings that we have, that only something as horrific as this reminds us of what really matters. I'm sure I wasn't the only parent hugging their children that bit tighter after hearing the awful news on Saturday evening.
I met one young lad in Tralee on Sunday who'd been playing for The Sem in that Corn Ruiséal final and you could hear the upset in his voice recalling what had happened.
That said, my view is it's at a time like this that you come to understand the real power of the GAA family. I saw it first-hand when my own father died. The GAA just circles around people at their lowest ebb. I think it's when you see the Association at its best.
My thoughts are with Aodhán's family now, but they should be in no doubt that the thoughts of the entire GAA community are with them too.