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Thursday 21 September 2017

Tears for tragic Ciaran

Farewell to GAA ace who died in training

HEARTBREAKING scenes brought a Dublin community to a standstill during the funeral of young football star Ciaran Carr.

The parents of the 20-year-old GAA player told the congregation at his Requiem Mass that Ciaran, their only child, had been their inspiration during his short life.

The popular sportsman of Saint John's Park, Clondalkin, collapsed and died at a training session with his local Round Towers GAA club in Clondalkin last Friday.

He died of suspected Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) despite strenous efforts to resuscitate him by club members and paramedics.

The Sam Maguire cup was placed at the head of his coffin in the Church of the Immaculate Conception yesterday.

Tears flowly freely as his friends, teammates and the wider community bade him a final farewell.

His mother Gemma fought back tears as she declared: "Our gentle giant lies in front of us. He has just been an inspiration to us all our lives... even if he was a rogue at times.

"By the time he was three he could kick a ball out of his hands. We knew that he would do something in sport all his life because it was just his passion."

His father Philip said: "To everyone who was there last Friday night, we know that everything humanly possible was done."

The Round Towers club have retired his number 12 jersey and replaced it with 16.

GAA president Christy Cooney, who attended the funeral, had earlier paid tribute to Ciaran, saying he had represented his community and his family well.

A guard of honour was in place as his remains were brought from the church in Clondalkin. Crowds lined the streets as a lone piper marched slowly ahead of the hearse.

Ciaran, who was a student of Leisure Management at Inchicore College, was buried at Newlands Cross Cemetery.

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