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Young Co Tyrone GAA player who died suddenly was `gentleman who always put a smile on your face'

Trillick GAA player Conor McCaughey, who died suddenly on Tuesday, will be laid to rest today
Marie Louise McConville

A YOUNG GAA player who died suddenly this week will be laid to rest in Co Tyrone on Friday.

Conor McCaughey, who was from Trillick, died on Tuesday. The young sportsman, who was a former pupil at Omagh CBS, was a member of Trillick Macartans GAA club, with whom he helped secure the Tráth na gCeist Scór na nÓg county title.

Posting on social media, the club said it had been "devastated following the sudden passing of one of our players, Conor McCaughey".

"Conor has played for our club from a young age and has been involved in a number of recent under-age championship and league successes. Last year, Conor played a number of games on our reserve team. Conor also played a pivotal role in winning the Tráth na gCeist Scór na nÓg county title alongside his brother Eoghan.

"As a club we will try our very best to support the McCaughey family and Conor’s friends at this heartbreaking time."

The club added that all of its activities had been "cancelled until further notice".

A number of tributes were also posted online to the Trillick man.

One post described Conor as a "gentleman who always put a smile on your face and made you laugh" while another said he was "such a lovely friendly young fellow, always a greeting with a smile".

Another added: "Conor was and will always be a lovely, kind, smiling boy. So heartbreaking just beyond words."

A number of other GAA clubs, including Cookstown Fr Rocks GFC, Lisnaskea Emmetts, Kildress Wolfe Tones, Irvinestown GAA, Tempo Maguires GAC, Killyman St. Mary's GAC and Erne Gaels Belleek, also left messages of condolence.

Requiem Mass will take place today at 11am at Macartan’s Church, Trillick. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


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