Heartbreak as young Gaelic footballer from Co Tyrone in Northern Ireland dies suddenly

Heartbroken as the young Gaelic footballer from Co Tyrone in Ireland dies suddenly. Image: Trillick St Macartans/Facebook

TRIBUTES flooded social media on Thursday November 10 after news broke that the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) footballer VSOnor McCaughey, who played for Trillick St Macartans, died suddenly earlier this week.

The young Gaelic footballer from Co Tyrone in Ireland died suddenly on Tuesday November 8, however, news of his sudden death began circulating on November 10.

His club took to Facebook to share the news: “Our club is devastated by the sudden death of one of our players, Conor McCaughey.

“Our heartfelt and heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Conor Dermot, Bernie, Michael, Caitríona, Diarmaid, Seán and Eoghan, his extended family and wide circle of friends.”

The club added: “Conor played for our club from an early age and has been involved in a number of recent league and minor league successes.

“Last year, Conor played several games with our reserve team. Conor also played a central role in winning the county title of Tráth na gCeist Scór na nÓg alongside his brother Eoghan.

“As a club, we will do our best to support the McCaughey family and friends of Conor during this heartbreaking time.

“All club activities are canceled until further notice.

“D’imigh tú i mbláth na hóige, ar Sholas na bhFlaitheas go raibh d’anam – Thou hast gone into the bloom of youth, may thy soul receive the Light of Heaven.”

An obituary for the young player Lily“McCaughey Conor, Trillick passed away suddenly on Tuesday 8th November 2022, formerly of Bodoney Road, Trillick, BT78 3SQ.

“Beloved son of Dermot and Bernie. Cherished brother of Michael (Sarah), Caitríona (Greg), Diarmaid, Seán and Eoghan.

“Deeply missed and missed by his parents, brothers, sister, all his family and friends. Our Lady pray for him.

An Mhaigh Tír na nÓg GAC wrote: “The committee, players and members of the An Mhaigh Tír na nÓg GAC deeply regret the passing of Conor McCaughey.

“To his parents Dermot and Bernie, to his siblings, Michael, Caitríona, Diarmaid, Seán and Eoghan and to the entire family circle, we express our deepest condolences to the club.”

No cause of death has been released at this time.

Earlier this year, Tipperary in Ireland and the sport of hurling lost Dillon Quirke, a young Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA pitcher, who collapsed during a game and died.

On Friday August 5, Dillon Quirke was playing for his side against Kilruane MacDonaghs at the Semple Stadium in Thurles when he suddenly collapsed in the first half and although was rushed to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel, he died later that night.

Tipperary GAA said: “[We extend our] our sincere condolences to Dan, Hazel, Shannon, Kellie and the extended Quirke family. Also to the Clonoulty Rossmore GAA Club and teammates for the sad and tragic passing of Clonoulty Rossmore and Tipperary pitcher Dillon Quirke.

“Dillon fell ill during Friday night’s County Senior Hurling Championship match between Clonoulty Rossmore and Kilruane MacDonaghs at Semple Stadium and was taken to Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel where he died.

“Tipperary GAA would like to thank everyone who attended Dillon at Semple Stadium and Tipperary University Hospital tonight.”

Tragically, Co. Tyrone lost another sports star on November 10.

Four-time British motorcycle champion Keith Farmer, 35, died suddenly in the early hours of November 10 “with his family by his side”.


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