Sunday 16 June 2019

Tributes pour in for popular 21-year-old GAA player following suspected murder in Mayo

Joseph Deacy was found dead in Mayo. Pics from St Colmcille's/Facebook
Joseph Deacy was found dead in Mayo. Pics from St Colmcille's/Facebook

The GAA community is in mourning following the suspected murder of 21-year-old Joe Deacy in Mayo at the weekend.

Gardaí are investigating the suspected murder after Deacy's body was discovered with apparent head injuries in Swinford, Mayo.

The victim, Joseph Deacy (21) from St Albans in England, was on holiday in the area and had been visiting friends. He was a member of the St Colmcille's GAA club in St Albans.

"It is with a heavy heart that we have to report the sad news of the passing of a member of the St. Colmcilles family, a player, our teammate, our friend, Joe Deacy," read a Facebook post from the club.

"At 21 years of age, Joe had a bright future ahead of him. He had an amazing energy and a real lust for life. He was a great friend and people were drawn to his character, his humour and outlook on life.

"Joe loved playing Gaelic Football and being a part of the senior team here at St. Colmcilles. He had fantastic ability, great pace and was always a threat in front of goal. He has been a key member of the squad in recent years and has been very important to the success that the team has achieved recently.

"It is difficult to say goodbye to anyone at any age but, when it happens to someone so young, it is especially difficult. He will be sorely missed by us all.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family and friends at this time.

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"You will always be remembered by all of us here at the club, your friends and teammates.

"Rest in peace Joe."

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