GAA community mourns after sudden death of Sligo football star Red Óg Murphy, 21

TRIBUTES have been paid after the sudden death of Sligo football star Red Óg Murphy left the GAA world “absolutely devastated” today.

ews this afternoon reported the sad death of Murphy, a trainee primary school teacher at DCU, with the 21-year-old being one of the brightest footballers in the country.

The Curry clubman, who spent eight months at Australian club North Melbourne in 2019 before returning home to play against GAA, opted for Sligo for 2022 but had played with DCU in the Sigerson Cup.

Murphy was recognized for his outstanding efforts amidst the park by being named Electric Ireland Rising Stars Football Team of the Year and the people of Curry, Sligo and beyond were shocked by his tragic death.

“The community here is devastated,” said neighbor and Sligo Councilor Martin Connolly of the news. “The community of Curry in Sligo, the community he played for, the community is absolutely devastated.

“Speechless is the word I put on it. People are walking around in a daze, they don’t know what happened. Our condolences is all we can do to extend our condolences to his father and mother, Geraldine and Redmond, and his two brothers.

“The community gathers here very much. There are 10 or 15 people in the community center who are cleaning it and preparing it for the events that are going to take place over the next few days.

“He was a highly respected young fellow in this community. The world thought of him. Young boys and girls around here at Moylough National School where he went to school really looked up to this boy.

“Everyone is so shocked and sad for the family and the community. This is a great community here, family is taken care of.” GAA community mourns after sudden death of Sligo football star Red Óg Murphy, 21

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