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Monday 23 October 2017

Stunned town mourns death of popular GAA star (25)

The sudden death of a young GAA star has plunged a community into mourning.

Peter McNulty (25), an inter-county senior player for Laois, was found dead at his home on Saturday.

He had just completed his degree course in marketing and business at a Dublin college and worked at Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

A native of Summerhill, Portlaoise, he was a stalwart for Portlaoise GAA club, which has won a record 26 Laois Senior Football Championships.

Peter was due to play against Stradbally yesterday in the Senior Football Championship semi-final. The match was cancelled as a mark of respect.

He captained Laois to victory in the Leinster U-21 football championship and won an All-Ireland minor medal with his county in 2003.

Peter was regarded as one of the club's finest players. A stylish forward, he scored several crucial points and goals for the club.

Comforted

The family has run a plumbing business in Portlaoise for many years. They were being comforted yesterday. His older brother Malachy was his team mate. Peter was believed to be in excellent health and had trained three nights a week with teammates for the past few years.

Club secretary Peter O'Neill said "the thoughts of all the community are with his family at this sad time".

Portlaoise club chairman Vincent Dowling told the Herald today that the family were not finalising funeral arrangements for Peter until after a post- mortem examination, which was due to take place today

The star's sudden death evoked memories of Cormac McAnallen, a Tyrone footballer and All-Star, who was found dead at his home in 2004.

It was revealed later that McAnallen had an undetected heart condition. The Cormac McAnallen Trust was set up to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

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