Funeral arrangements announced for Kate Moran, who tragically died after a Camogie match

The funeral of camogie player Kate Moran, who tragically passed away on Tuesday, has been announced.

s Moran’s move from her home in Monivea, Co Galway, where she will rest from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, is due to take place on Friday morning at 1pm for the funeral mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Ryehill.

The talented player (21) will subsequently be buried in Templemoyle Cemetery in Newcastle, Athenry.

A funeral notice on reads Ms Moran read: “Sadly missed by her loving family, parents Cathal and Mary, siblings Thady, Leah and Saoirse, their loving friend TJ Brennan, grandmothers Bridie Moran and Amelia Murphy , aunts, uncles, relatives , extended family, neighbors and friends.”

Ms Moran’s family have also asked that the house be kept private on Friday morning.

A vigil will be held tonight at 9pm at Kenny Park in Athenry to commemorate Ms Moran.

Galway Camogie Board Chair Brian Griffin said the people of Galway were “stunned” by the tragic death of Ms Moran.

Mr Griffin said the future is bright for the young Camogie star. She represented Galway at U16 level and won two All-Ireland medals and also represented Athenry at senior level.

“We have been in total shock in Galway, genuinely in disbelief, since the news leaked on Monday. It’s hard to understand what happened,” he told RTÉ’s Drivetime.

“We of course send our condolences to the Moran family, our thoughts must be with them and with Kate’s friends at this terrible time.”

“To be honest it’s incomprehensible that you leave the house to play a game and that happens, it’s going to take a really long time to sink in and for people to cope.”

“Communities are strong and they will band together and look out for each other in the future and that’s all we can do.”

Ms Moran initially walked away from an accidental collision on the pitch but later collapsed and lost consciousness before dying in hospital a day later.

Tributes for the player who died 24 hours after suffering a head injury during a club match between Athenry and Ardrahan have been flooded.

Emergency services rushed to Ardrahan, in south Co. Galway, following the accident, which happened during a league match on Monday.

The game was abandoned while paramedics attended to the player.

It is understood Ms Moran, wearing a helmet, was initially able to walk away from the accidental collision but passed out minutes later and collapsed.

It is also understood Ms Moran and another player went upstairs at the same time to retrieve a ball and her head was hit by the sling’s backswing.

She was taken to Galway University Hospital where she was pronounced dead last night.

Galway Camogie says it will investigate the tragedy.

The death has stunned the Athenry area and the sporting community across Co Galway.

The NUIG Commerce student was a prominent player for several underage teams in Galway and comes from a family steeped in GAA.

She was a member of the Galway Minor team that lost to Cork in the 2018 final.

As a gesture of respect to Ms Moran and her family, Galway Camogie announced the postponement of all adult and youth games this week.


Kate Moran playing for Galway in the 2017 All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship final. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The Athenry Camogie Club last night recognized Ms Moran as a “great role model” and “wonderful leader with a bubbly personality”.

“Today we learned of the passing of our dear clubmate Kate Moran,” it said.

“This is a terrible tragedy for her family, our club and our community. We are deeply saddened by these events.

“Our sympathy and thoughts are with Moran’s family and friends. Kate will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

“Kate started playing with Athenry Camogie Club as a minor and quickly rose to senior A-level with great distinction. She has titles in Féile, Minor County and Intermediate County. She played in a Club All-Ireland Intermediate final.

“She won two All-Irelands at U16 level with Galway, both titles of which she was incredibly proud.

“She was a great role model for our many underage players and a wonderful leader on and off the field.

“Her bubbly personality will be remembered for eternity.”

Ms Moran was an integral part of Galway U16 teams winning back-to-back
All-Irelands beat Kilkenny in 2016 and Wexford in 2017.

Galway County Council member Albert Dolan described her death as “a terrible shock and tragedy”.

“Kate went to the same national school and high school as me,” he said.

“She was an incredibly talented camogie player.

“On behalf of the community of Monivea, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Kate’s family.”

Oranmore-Maree Senior Camogie has also canceled his games for the coming week.

“Galway Camogie Clubs received devastating news this morning with the death of a beautiful young Athenry Camogie player, Kate Moran,” the club wrote on its website yesterday.

“This is a far reaching tragedy as many of our own older girls would have played with Kate on the Camogie team at NUIG and with her at the 2017 Galway U16s and 2018 Galway Minor Panel.”

The club said the Camogie community was “absolutely heartbroken” by the news.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, the broadcaster Marty Morrissey described Kate as a “brilliant, brilliant camogie player”.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kate Moran’s family,” he said.

“Kate was a brilliant, brilliant camogie player. Our hearts go out to everyone in Athenry as they will be heartbroken after this accident.”

Ms Moran was the eldest of four children and is survived by her parents Mary and Cathal, her brother Thady and sisters Leah and Saoirse.

The family run a successful auction house and are well known throughout Co Galway. Funeral arrangements announced for Kate Moran, who tragically died after a Camogie match

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