Ex-Dundrum GAA player (52) dies in the Dominican Republic
A FORMER GAA player from Co Down has died suddenly in the Dominican Republic.
Ciaran Fitzpatrick (52), who was originally from the Ardilea area of Dundrum, died in the central American country last Wednesday.
Mr Fitzpatrick, who was married and had four grown up children, had been living in Florida in the US for the past six years.
It is understood he suffered a heart attack.
Mr Fitzpatrick worked in investments and properties in the US and the Caribbean and prior to emigrating he had worked for Powerscreen in Portlaoise.
The keen rugby and GAA fan also played for Dundrum GAC in the 1980s.
In a Facebook post, the Co Down club said it was "saddened" to hear of Mr Fitzpatrick's sudden death.
"Ciaran was originally from Ardilea and played underage football for the club. He broke into the senior team in the early 80s and played up until the middle of that decade."
It added: "We extend our deepest condolences to the Fitzpatrick family. Mary Queen of the Gael pray for him."
Mr Fitzpatrick's cousin, Marcella Reily, also paid tribute on Facebook.
She wrote: "I have very fond memories of my cousin Ciaran. May he rest in peace xx."
Dolores Clendenning added: "RIP Ciaran remembered with such fun."
Colin Bell, from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, said that they had been involved in preparations to return Mr Fitzpatrick's body back to Ireland.
Mr Bell told The Irish News: "We are now just waiting on an available flight and all preparations have been made."
An obituary notice for Mr Fitzpatrick from his family has asked for any donations to be made to the trust.
Mr Fitzpatrick's funeral is expected to take place in Dundrum early next week.