GAA fraternity mourns player’s tragic passing

March 20, 2017

The funeral of a man found in a wooded area close to Camlough Lake on Tuesday morning was held in Carrickcruppen on St. Patrick’s Day.

Conor Quinn (31) lived on the Quarter Road with his wife Edel and two children and was deeply involved in GAA, particularly in his native Killeavy where he was a playing member of St. Moninna’s GFC.

His tragic death shocked the GAA fraternity and the wider communities of Camlough and Killeavy and evoked a deep sense of sorrow and disbelief.

Just a day after the tragedy unfolded, Conor’s brother Paul played his part in Armagh’s Under 21 championship win over Down in the Athletic Grounds.  The game was preceded by a minute’s silence and supporters demonstrated their pride and respect for Paul’s courage as he left the field to sustained applause.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty expressed his condolences to Mr Quinn’s bereaved family: “We are all stunned and heartbroken at this tragic news.  A young life lost, a young family heartbroken and a community in disbelief.  No words I or anyone else can offer will console the family at this very difficult time, but I hope they are assured this community will rally round them in their hour of need.  They will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead,” he said.

Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy, who knows the family, also extended his sympathy: “There is a deep sense of shock throughout the local Camlough and Killeavy  communities,” he said.

“At this present moment our thoughts and prayers are with this grieving family as they try to come to terms with this tragic news.”

As a mark of respect, Killeavy GFC cancelled all club activities while Mr Quinn’s team mates and fellow club members formed a guard of honour at his funeral.

He is survived by his wife Edel, son Donnacha, daughter Aoife, parents Kieran and Angela, brothers Shane and Paul, sister Emma, grandparents and extended family circle.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.