Funeral arrangements for Sligo GAA football star Red Óg Murphy, who died suddenly late last week, will be made once a post-mortem is completed on his sudden death, Rev. Leo Henry said yesterday.
The close-knit community of south Sligo is “devastated” after the death of the 21-year-old, with locals giving support to his heartbroken family this weekend.
They will now “mourn together in silence,” said Father Henry, who paid tribute to Mr Murphy, who has been described as one of football’s brightest expectants in the country.
“Actually, we are one big faith family. So our community is stunned with sadness at Red Óg’s early passing from this life.
“Apart from being a talented athlete and a gifted Gaelic footballer and Curry clubman, Red Óg had a special charisma both on and off the Gaelic football pitch.”
He described the prospective primary school teacher at DCU as a “role model for so many”.
“As a community, as one big family, we will grieve together at Red Óg’s death from this life and we will thank God for the gift of Red Óg’s life and for all the joy he brought into the lives of his parents, his brothers and his Parents brought his extended family,” he said.
Mr Murphy had spent eight months at North Melbourne in 2019 before returning home to play against GAA.
He has retired from the Sligo group for 2022 but has played with DCU in the Sigerson Cup.
Barry Gallagher, chairman of the Curry GAA Club, said yesterday that Mr Murphy’s death was a “horrible tragedy” for his family, the club and the community.
“We have been in touch with his parents and they have asked that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”
He said that “offers of support have been received and are greatly appreciated by the family.”
“The clubhouse is open to all to support and offer advice and guidance. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”
There was a minute’s silence in Ballybofey yesterday afternoon before Donegal took on Sligo in the U17 tie.
In a statement, a spokesman for Sligo GAA said the club was “deeply shocked by his untimely death” and said Mr Murphy was “a son and a brother first”.
“Our first thoughts are with his family and then with his team-mates, friends and club-mates.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/numb-with-grief-tributes-follow-sudden-death-of-charismatic-sligo-gaa-star-red-og-murphy-41515339.html ‘Stunned with grief’: Tributes follow sudden death of ‘charismatic’ Sligo GAA star Red Óg Murphy