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Dromintee GFC pay tribute to former player

In a poignant tribute to former Dromintee GFC player, Peter Hughes, who was tragically killed in a car accident last year, the club’s senior team will line out this season in jerseys inscribed with his initials and player number to honour his contribution and commitment to the squad.

The inscription ‘PH6’ will appear on the jersey below the club crest, which the club says, will keep him “close to their hearts” and “is a fitting addition” to the jersey the teenager had worn “so brilliantly for Dromintee”.

Peter Hughes died alongside his two friends, Conall Havern from Newry and Gavin Sloan from Attical, in a two-car collision on the A1 near Dromore in August 2015.  The Queen’s University students were returning home from Belfast having arranged their accommodation for the incoming academic year.

Peter’s tragic death sent shockwaves throughout the entire community of Dromintee and south Armagh, and his fellow teammates and clubmates were numbed by the tragedy.

Having packed a great deal into his short life, he was held in the highest esteem, not just in his own community, but among all those whose lives he touched.  A past pupil of St. Paul’s High School in Bessbrook, where he held the prestigious position of Head Boy in his final year, Peter excelled both academically and in the field of sport.

Dromintee GFC Chairman, Colm McCoy, said the idea to include Peter’s initials on the jersey came from the senior team who felt they wanted to honour “one of their own”, adding that the Hughes family deeply appreciates the gesture.

“The response to the gesture has been overwhelming and, I suppose, demonstrates once again about the support of the GAA community,” Mr McCoy told The Examiner.

“The idea came from our senior team. Peter had such a strong affiliation with this group of players, and many of them came up the ranks alongside him from underage.  He had already broken into the senior ranks by the time of the accident, so you could imagine how difficult of a time it was, obviously for his family and friends, but also his teammates and the entire club.  The seniors felt that they needed someway to honour Peter, one of their own, and this was the perfect solution. He will now always be close to their hearts.

“I think it shows once again the strength of Dromintee as a community club and I know the Hughes family appreciate the gesture.  It’s important for Dromintee to always remember Peter, and also Gavin and Conall as well,” he added.