Leitrim inter county footballer Phillip McGuinness died Monday after suffering a blow to the head in a club match last Saturday night.
McGuinness was playing with his club Mohill against Melvin Gaels when he fell and hit his head on an opponent’s knee.
McGuinness, 26, an electrical engineer, was taken first to Sligo General Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont in Dublin where he died Monday.
"‘Philly’, as he was known, was the ultimate team player, talented, dedicated and above all loyal. His death has had a profound effect in Leitrim GAA circles," said the Leitrim County Board in a statement.
McGuinness played both hurling and football for his county but decided to concentrate on football, and his sudden death has hit the GAA hard.
The President of the GAA, Christ Cooney, paid the following tribute to the player.
“Philip's passing is as untimely as it is tragic and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time.
“I know GAA members and people across the country were waiting for news on hearing of his situation and this news will be sorely felt in GAA circles, most notably in Leitrim. Philip made a handsome contribution to both his county and of course his club Mohill in a life full of promise that was cut tragically short.
"On behalf of our members I would like to offer our sympathies to everyone associated with Philip, in particular his mother and brothers. I know players everywhere are in a state of shock after learning that Philip lost his brave battle today . . . Philip had already made a significant contribution to Gaelic games with his club Mohill and as a dual player for Leitrim. May he rest in peace.”
McGuinness’ family donated his organs to help the lives of others.