Westmeath GAA community in shock after sudden death of hurler after training

Donal Devine pictured in action in 2002.

The GAA community has been shocked by the sudden death of Donal Devine, a former Westmeath inter-county player.

Devine became ill immediately after a training session with his club Castlepollard on Tuesday and Westmeath confirmed his passing in a message of condolence on Wednesday morning.

In addition to playing for his county, the 40-year-old won four senior county titles with his club between 1995 and 2005.

Devine came from a family rooted in GAA. He is the uncle of Westmeath senior hurler Alan Devine, while his brother, Alfie, is an inter-county referee.

Tributes have been paid to the hurler on social media.

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