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Derry hurler Aodhán O'Donnell is laid to rest

 Aodhán O'Donnell

WARM tributes have been paid to Derry hurler Aodhán O’Donnell whose funeral has taken place.

The 19-year-old, who played his club hurling with Na Magha, was reported missing last weekend and his body was recovered from the River Foyle by rescuers on July 13

Requiem Mass was celebrated yesterday in St Eugene’s Cathedral.

Breandán Quigley, who coached Aodhán at Na Magha at both club and inter-county level, described him as someone who “brightened up everyone’s day”.

“That smiling face was his trademark. He always had a big wide grin on him. He was radiant... We’re absolutely devastated,” he told Derry Now.

“It’s a credit to him the people who came out and contributed to the efforts of the last week. It’s a tribute to how loved he was.”

On Sunday, his team-mates wore black armbands and formed a guard of honour, holding aloft his number 15 jersey before their All-Ireland quarter-final win over Mayo.

Aodhán’s family insisted the game go ahead to raise awareness of mental health issues.

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