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Tragic GAA player’s remains return home

July 6, 2015

The remains of Newry man Eamonn Morgan, who was killed in a freak accident in Qatar, were expected to arrive at his Mayobridge home last night (Sunday) after his family made the agonising trip on Friday to bring his body home.

Tributes have continued to pour in for the hugely popular GAA player who died alongside his girlfriend Charlotte Sant from Manchester, when the dune buggy in which they were backseat passengers, overturned on a steep incline.  The death of the young couple, who were both just 24, sent shockwaves through the local and international community and heartfelt tributes were paid to Eamonn who was described as “an amazing guy” by his family, his students and his huge network of friends from all corners of the globe.

The couple had spent the last year teaching PE in the Middle East and Eamonn had been due to finish work last week to go travelling with his girlfriend before returning to Northern Ireland next month.

His heartbroken family said they are “devastated” by the tragic accident which claimed the lives of a couple “very much in love and with so much to see” but said the support from both home and Qatar had been “fantastic.”

The GAA fanatic had played for St. John Bosco GAC in Newry since he was eight years old and was also a member of the Qatar GAA club, along with girlfriend Charlotte.  Both clubs led emotional tributes to Mr Morgan as news of his untimely death broke. A statement released by the Qatar GAA club said Eamonn and Charlotte were “very much central to the community that is Qatar GAA, and it will be hard to imagine it without them.”  A mass was also held in the Middle Eastern City with members dressed in club colours as a symbol of support for the families and friends of the tragic pair.

Joe Ryan, Chairman of St. John’s Bosco GFC said words could not express “the numbness and shock” felt over Eamonn’s death and that his teammates were “just devastated” to learn of the tragedy.  Mr Ryan described Eamonn as “very sociable and very likeable.”

“He was such a popular lad, and the guys he came through the club with will certainly miss him.”

The well travelled PE teacher had made friends everywhere he went and his love of GAA and sport led him to numerous roles including as a community football coach for Everton FC while studying for his PGCE in John Moore’s University in Liverpool.  After graduating Eamonn worked as an academy football coach in North Carolina and then as a PE Teacher in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He had just completed his first year of teaching in Qatar’s Compass International School, where he was the Leader of Primary PE and involved in the development of the PE programme.  He was also an Academy Football Coach for Evolution Sports in Doha working with players aged 6 to 19.

His family, mother Maura, father Kevin and brothers Kevin and Declan spoke last week of their enormous grief at the loss of their much-loved son and brother.

Dad Kevin said “You never expect it to come to your own door… but unfortunately this has visited us at this stage.”

The proud father said Eamonn was “a big character.”

“In his family life, social life, working life, they broke the mould when they made Eamonn,” he added.

“In the last few years he has done a lot of travelling but he was always in this house and he was that kind of guy, always on the go.“There was always something in the oven with Eamonn, he was a hard worker and that was the sort of him, everything had to be done perfect. He’s going to be missed.

“How at the minute we’re going to cope with it, we’re not sure – but cope with it we will.”

Eamonn’s funeral is expected to take place in the coming days.

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