Community stunned at sudden death of teenager

August 31, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

A teenage Gaelic footballer who collapsed and died during a match in Rostrevor last weekend was due to get his GCSE exam results on Tuesday, his 17th birthday.

Patrick Dinsmore, a pupil at St Colman’s College, Newry, is believed to have suffered cardiac failure.  He collapsed while playing in a minor match between his team, St. Peter’s Warrenpoint, and the local St. Bronagh’s team, at Greenpark Road in Rostrevor on Sunday afternoon.  A doctor and two nurses administered immediate treatment to the teenager, and a defibrillator was used, but they were unable to revive him.

Patrick’s sudden passing has devastated the community.   Describing it as “every parent’s worst nightmare”, SDLP councillor Michael Carr said the whole Warrenpoint community is shocked and saddened by the sudden death.

“Patrick was from a very well respected family and this news is devastating for them, for his team mates and for the wider Warrenpoint community,” he said.

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane also expressed her shock at Patrick’s death and extended her sympathy to his family and friends.

“Patrick was a pupil of St Colman’s College in Newry and was due to receive his GCSE results along with many of his friends and peers,” she said.

“What should have been a day of celebration will now be struck through with sadness and my thoughts are with all those at the school who knew Patrick.”

Patrick was buried in Warrenpoint on Wednesday.  He is survived by his parents Barney and Deirdre and sister Catherine.