Sligo GAA football star Red Óg Murphy suddenly passed away at 21-years-old.
Funeral arrangements will be made following a post mortem examination into his sudden passing, according to Parish Priest, Fr Leo Henry.
‘Numb with grief’: Tributes follow sudden death of ‘charismatic’ Sligo GAA star Red Óg Murphy https://t.co/9Me4QU6CjP
— Irish Independent (@Independent_ie) April 3, 2022
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The close-knit community of south Sligo is devastated after the young athlete’s death, the Independent explained:
They will now “quietly mourn together”, said Fr Henry, who paid tribute to Mr Murphy, who has been described as one of the brightest football prospects in the country.
“In effect, we are one big faith family. As such, our community is numb with grief at the early passing from this life of Red Óg.
“Apart from being a talented athlete and a gifted Gaelic footballer and Curry clubman, Red Óg had a special charisma, both on and off the Gaelic football field.”
He described the trainee primary school teacher in DCU as a “role model for so many”.
“As a community, as one big family, we will quietly mourn together Red Óg’s passing from this life and we will thank God for the gift of Red Óg’s life and for all the joy he brought into the lives of his parents, his brothers and his extended family,” he said.
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— Zac Evans (@ZacEvansTwitts) April 2, 2022
Murphy formerly played for the AFL’s (Australian Football League) North Melbourne Kangaroos.
Murphy represented North Melbourne in 12 VFL games in 2019, kicking two goals against Footscray in his final match of the season before returning home at the end of the year.
Back in Ireland, he played for Curry GAA and county Sligo.
Sligo county councillor Martin Connolly told the Irish Examiner: “The parish of Curry is speechless.
“Red Og was probably one of the finest footballers that came out of the area.“He played for Curry GAA club. He and the Murphy family are highly respected.”
North Melbourne players and officials will don black armbands during Saturday evening’s match against the Brisbane Lions to honour Murphy.
My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and teammates during this time.
Vale Red Og Murphy. 😥
— Azza (@azzajewell) April 2, 2022
We remember Red Óg Murphy, a young man gone far too early.
To his family, loved ones, friends and teammates; our hearts are broken for you.
Players across Ireland have lost one of their own.
May he rest in peace.
— GPA (@gaelicplayers) April 1, 2022
Murphy adds to the growing list of young athletes to suddenly pass away.
And the mainstream media remains silent on the obvious question that should be asked in every sudden athlete tragedy.
Did they take the experimental COVID-19 injection?