Kerry GAA player Patrick Curtin dies after accident in Guatemala
A KERRY GAA player who represented the county at every level has died following an accident in central America.
Patrick Curtin (26), from Moyvane in north Kerry, died in hospital in Florida yesterday after being involved in a car accident in Guatemala before Christmas.
An employee with Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney, Mr Curtin had been working for the company in Guatemala since September.
It is understood Mr Curtin was airlifted to the US for further treatment after initially being taken to a hospital in Guatemala.
Family members had travelled from his home in Moyvane to maintain a bedside vigil.
Kerry GAA announced news of Mr Curtin's death on its website yesterday.
The full-forward featured in the 2006 All-Ireland minor final and made 16 appearances for Kerry's senior side, making his Championship debut against Tipperary in 2012 and last lining out for the Kingdom two years ago.
Colin Bell, from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, told The Irish News the trust was "ready and willing to help" the family in returning Mr Curtin's body to Ireland but had not yet been contacted.
Tributes were paid to Mr Curtin from a host of prominent GAA figures, including Kerry forward Colm Cooper, who tweeted: "Devastated to hear the tragic news of the passing of our great friend Paddy Curtin. All our thoughts are with his family."
Fellow Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy tweeted:
So sad to loose Paddy. Thoughts and prayers with his family and his close friends. Great player, great person. RIP— Kieran Donaghy (@starryboy14) December 29, 2015
Dessie Farrell, chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association, said the "tragic loss" had come as a "terrible shock to the GAA community".
RTÉ Sunday Game presenter Des Cahill said: "Shocked to hear of the passing of young Kerry footballer, Patrick Curtin. Sincere sympathy to his family, and to all in Moyvane."