Warm tributes have been paid this evening to the late Danny McGee, Drumlish, who died following an alleged assault in New York.
The popular and highly regarded 21-year-old was a talented sports man, with local GAA club, Fr Manning Gaels, and soccer club, Gaels United, posting moving tributes to their close friend.
In 2011, Danny, had the great honour of captaining the Longford & District Schoolboys League team that participated in the prestigious Kennedy Cup.
And a year later, he scored three crucial points as Fr Manning Gaels captured the Longford Juvenile (U-16) B Football Championship 13-a-side title with a 1-14 to 3-7 victory over Western Gaels.
A Gaels United spokesperson posted on their Facebook page and said that everyone at the club are shocked and sad to hear of Danny’s untimely death.
“Danny played with our club for many years and we are shocked to hear of his passing. He was a true gentleman, always very friendly, with a great smile and sense of humour. He played soccer with great passion and was proud to captain the Longford Kennedy cup team in 2011.
“We would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to Danny’s parents Colleen & Don, his brother Brian and sister Eva, also to his extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.”
As a mark of respect to the McGee family, all Gaels United club games are cancelled this weekend.
A Fr Manning Gaels spokesperson said it was with great sadness and shock that they learned of the tragic passing of Danny McGee in New York.
“Danny was a terrific talent and starred for St Vincent’s at each age group and played for the Gaels shortly before emigrating to the US.
“Above all he was a young gentleman, with a great sense of humour, who was loved by all who knew him. To his heartbroken family and wide circle of friends we extend our deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”
Local Councillor Martin Mulleady said the local community had been left numbed by the tragedy.
"It's awful, awful news to get," he said.
"I knew the young man very well and his family are extremely well got in the area. My heart goes out to them at this very sad time."
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