Monday 23 September 2019

Tributes after death of 'richly talented' GAA star (17)

Darren Connell in action for Meath
Darren Connell in action for Meath
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Tributes have been paid after the sudden death of a teenage GAA star.

Meath minor player Darren Connell was remembered as a "richly talented" footballer after he passed away at the age of 17.

Oldcastle clubman Darren was part of the Royals' minor set-up this summer and previously featured in under-age teams with the county, winning the 2018 Gerry Reilly Cup.

Tributes have been pouring in for the player on social media, with Meath GAA writing: "It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of a young man who pulled on the Meath jersey as a county minor this year and someone who was the pride and joy of his club Oldcastle GFC.

"Darren Connell was a young man who was richly talented as a footballer and someone who always set the tone with his work rate.

"A driving force for his club teams, Darren caught the eye when arriving into Dunganny a few years ago for U-14 trials and was a key member of the development panel through the years before progressing to the minor panel this year.

"We shall always remember the brilliant young man and young football player that he was and the delight everybody in Oldcastle took in seeing him being part of the Meath U-16 panel which won the Gerry Reilly tournament on his home pitch in Millbrook.

"To Darren's parents Jim and Vera, brothers Keith, Cillian and Ciaran, sister Ella, extended family and friends, Meath GAA extend our deepest sympathies."

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His funeral mass will take place tomorrow at St Brigid's Church, Oldcastle.

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