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Boy (15) who died on Lanzarote holiday was 'a champion', soccer club says

Mikey Leddy (15) died after he fell from a wall in Lanzarote in the early hours of Monday. Picture from Meath GAA, Facebook

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy from Co Meath who died on holiday in Lanzarote was a "champion" with a "fighting spirit", his soccer club has said.

Mikey Leddy, from Slane, was on holiday on the Spanish island with his parents when he fell from a wall at Avenida de las Playas in the resort of Puerto del Carmen.

He sustained a serious head injury and suffered a cardiac arrest in the fall in the early hours of Monday.

The Republic's Department of Foreign Affairs is helping the Leddy family.

Prayers for the teenager were said at St Mary’s Church in Navan this morning.

The 15-year-old played for several different sports clubs, including Navan O’Mahonys GAA club.

A club spokesman said: "Navan O’Mahonys wish to express our profound sadness and shock at the tragic passing of Mikey Leddy."

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Leddy family and Mikey’s many friends and teammates."

Meath GAA spoke of its "profound sadness and shock at the tragic passing in Lanzarote of Mikey Leddy".

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Leddy family and Mikey's many friends and teammates in Navan O'Mahonys," a spokesman said.

Soccer club Johnstown FC said it was stunned by the teenager's sudden death.

"It is with great sadness our own Mikey Leddy has passed away this afternoon, the tragic event that has happened in the last 48 hours has shocked us all," a club spokesman said.

"We would ask that everyone remembers Mikey for the champion he was and his fighting spirit."

Navan Mayor Tommy Reilly described Mikey as a "great little sportsman", and said the Leddy family are very involved in sports in the town.

"We will rally behind them, and whatever help we can give them in the town of Navan, I will ensure I will lead that help," he said.

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