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Mourners hear young GAA player who died suddenly was 'a source of love and joy to all who knew him'

Mourners gathered in Co Tyrone yesterday for the funeral of Conor McCaughey (19), who died suddenly on Tuesday

MOURNERS at the funeral of a young Co Tyrone GAA player who died suddenly have heard how he was "a source of love and joy to all who knew him".

Conor McCaughey, who was 19, died on Tuesday.

Requiem Mass was celebrated at Macartan’s Church, Trillick yesterday where mourners heard how his death had shocked "the whole community".

Canon John McKenna said: "Conor was a good living person, a virtuous person, and now his soul is in the hands of God".

"Conor came into the world 19 years ago and has been a source of love and joy to all who knew him," he said.

"Conor’s actions served to include people from Derry to Dubai.

"He genuinely cared about people. It is no wonder that he chose to become a doctor."

Canon McKenna said Conor had been a top GCSE student at Omagh CBS and studying at university at the time of his death. He added that Conor had had "a strong career ahead of him".

The young Trillick sportsman was a member of Trillick Macartans GAA club, with whom he helped secure the Tráth na gCeist Scór na nÓg county title.

The club said it had been left "devastated" by his death.

"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," it said.

"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."

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 offered their condolences online.

Following Requiem Mass, burial was due to take place in the adjoining cemetery.

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