GAA community 'devastated' by Maguire death

The tragic passing of young Fermanagh footballer Brian Óg Maguire has left the GAA community both shocked and saddened.

GAA community 'devastated' by Maguire death

The tragic passing of young Fermanagh footballer Brian Óg Maguire has left the GAA community both shocked and saddened.

Maguire, aged just 24, died yesterday in an industrial accident at his workplace, the former Quinn Group premises in Derrylin.

Leading the tributes was Fermanagh Senior Football manager Peter Canavan, who gave Maguire a number of run-outs for the Ernesiders this season - including a start in the half-forwards against Down in the Ulsteer Championship.

"We are devastated at the tragic news," Canavan told the Irish News.

"The players and management have found it hard to come to terms with what has happened.

"That this should happen to such a well-liked and popular young man, it is just hard to believe.

"His commitment over the past year has been second to none. He was a very dedicated member of the panel. The way he carried himself, both on and off the pitch, is a credit to himself and indeed to his family.

"He will be sorely missed. I cannot fathom how his girlfriend, his sisters and his family must be suffering. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them at the minute."

Maguire's most notable on-field achievements saw him help Fermanagh gain promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz League earlier this season, and he captained Lisnakea to an All-Ireland Intermediate Club title last year.

The Gaelic Players Association also extended their sincere condolences, with chief executive Dessie Farrell saying: "It is with great shock that we learned of Brian Óg’s sudden death.

"On behalf of the county playing body I would like to offer my sincerest sympathies to Brian Óg’s family, friends and fellow county and club players. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

A number of Maguire's team-mates and inter-county opponents paid their tributes to the young Fermanagh man via social network websites.

Fermanagh captain Barry Owens tweeted: "Sad day for the Gaels of Fermanagh, especially those from Lisnakea. 'Ogie' was a gentleman on and off the field and I'm glad I got the chance to play on the same team as him.

"He was a true Gael and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Armagh's Aaron Kernan said: "Stunned to hear of Brian's tragic death. Thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and team-mates. RIP."

Maguire's funeral mass is due to take place on Sunday morning at 11am in Holy Cross Church in Lisnakea.

Family flowers only have been requested with all donations to be made to the Cormac Trust, who was set up following the sudden death of Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen in 2004.

All GAA club matches within the county of Fermanagh this weekend has been postponed by the Fermanagh County Board as a mark of respect.

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