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Monday 15 October 2018

Tributes pour in after 'true gent' Conor (19) dies in fall on holiday

Conor Morgan died just hours after arriving in Cyprus
Conor Morgan died just hours after arriving in Cyprus

Warm tributes have been pouring in for a Dublin-based student who died just hours after arriving in Cyprus for a holiday with friends.

Conor Morgan (19), from Dundalk, Co Louth, is understood to have died after a fall on Saturday night.

The corner-back for Dundalk Gaels GAA club had only arrived in Cyprus with around six of his friends on Friday.

The exact circumstances of the fall could not be confirmed yesterday.

The first year student at DCU was remembered as a "true gentleman" on Facebook, moments after a post announcing his passing was placed on the social network.

Loss

"The details of what happened are not completely clear yet," Dundalk Gaels chair Noel Connolly told the Herald.

"But we are trying to pull ourselves together and we're gathering the players. They're very upset at the loss of Conor - it's an incredibly tough time for Conor's family and the club.

"Conor and his family have been part of this club for so many years.

"All we know is Conor was on holiday in Cyprus with his friends and he slipped and fell. But we don't know where he fell.

"His family are trying to organise getting out to Cyprus.

Conor Morgan in his Dundalk Gaels GAA colours
Conor Morgan in his Dundalk Gaels GAA colours

"This is very fresh and raw. Conor was a lovely lad, a real gentleman, a big chap. He was from a very well-respected family.

"He was a good player and we were looking forward to seeing him developing in the future."

The club's Facebook post read: "Dundalk Gaels regret to announce the death, while on holidays, of our club member, player and great friend Conor 'Morgie' Morgan. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Paul, Blathnaid and Sarah, at this incredibly difficult and devastating time."

It is understood the teen was holidaying in the resort of Ayia Napa when the incident happened.

Many of his friends have shared touching tributes to the student. Meabh O'Hanrahan was in secondary school with Mr Morgan and said he was adored by everyone.

"I am in shock, such horrific news to wake up to," she told the Herald.

"Myself and Conor both did the Leaving (Cert) the same year, and both took a year out before going into business studies in DCU in 2016.

"Conor was very popular and an adored boy, both in Dundalk and in DCU. From his sports to college, Conor excelled in everything.

"He will be deeply missed by his class in DCU and his community in Dundalk."

Sean O'Mahonys (SOM) GAA club also offered their condolences, saying: "The SOM family offer our sincerest condolences to the Dundalk Gaels Club and Morgan family on the tragic news of Conor Morgan's passing. All at the club are shocked and saddened to hear of this. RIP."

School friend Jeff Stephen said he "can't speak highly enough of Conor".

"He was a great guy. I knew him from secondary school and always had a laugh with him," he said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said that "it cannot comment on individual cases".

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