The Dingle community is in shock over the sudden loss of young GAA player Aodhán Ó Conchúir.
Junior Cert student Aodhán Ó Conchúir sustained a fatal head injury while playing a football match.
The 14-year-old was caught in a collision with a fellow team mate from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and a number of players from Killarney’s St Brendan’s College.
Ó Conchúir was immediately removed from the pitch with a suspected head injury. While he remained conscious, he was rushed to a nearby doctor in Dingle, west Kerry.
An ambulance transferred him to University Hospital Kerry and later, Cork University Hospital, where he died from his head injuries.
Padraig Feirtéar, principle at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, led tributes in Irish and English to the boy.
“The entire community at Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne is deeply saddened at the death of our student Aodhán Ó Conchúir . At this time, we extend our sympathy and our support to his parents Aine and John and to his sister Ciara and his extended family.”
As a mark of respect, many GAA and community events have been cancelled.
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Kerry GAA Chairman Tim Murphy also paid his respects to the fledgling athlete.
"On behalf of Kerry GAA, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, club mates, friends and teachers of the late Aodhán Ó Conchúir . We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of this talented young man. Words cannot express adequately the emotions felt by the Kerry GAA community on hearing this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones."