Sunday 19 November 2017

Brothers join together in umpiring tribute to GAA star

Former county hurler Donal (40) passed away suddenly after training last Tuesday evening. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Former county hurler Donal (40) passed away suddenly after training last Tuesday evening. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Jackie Cahill

The brothers of Donal Devine paid tribute to him by officiating at a match just two days after the GAA star died.

Former county hurler Donal (40) passed away suddenly after training last Tuesday evening.

Referee Alfie Devine said that his brother Donal would have wanted him to press ahead and take charge of last Sunday's Allianz Hurling League Division 2B clash between Meath and Derry.

Alfie's brothers Frank and Seamus assisted him as umpires.

"We decided on the day of the funeral that Donal wouldn't want us pulling out of it because of him," said Alfie.

"Donal wouldn't want us missing out. It's an awful tragedy and it's his wife and kids left behind who are feeling it most.

"He was the youngest of the whole lot of us, which was the biggest shock of the whole lot.

"He wouldn't have wanted us holding back and we just decided to go and do it."

Alfie said that there was a tribute to Donal before the game and a minute's silence.

The father of two won four senior county titles with his club Castlepollard and represented Westmeath at inter-county level.

Another of the Devine brothers, Martin, was killed 25 years ago in a car accident.

Irish Independent

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