GAA player’s crash death ‘leaves a deep void’

PSNI accident scene
PSNI accident scene

Tributes have poured in for tragic GAA player Shane Mulholland who died in a road collision in Co Fermanagh.

The 27-year-old was killed after two vehicles collided between Lisnaskea and Derrylin on Friday evening. He was the 20th person to be killed on Ulster’s roads this year.

Mr Mulholland, who was originally from Loughguile in Co Antrim, was only miles from his Derrylin home when the accident happened. He leaves behind his wife Vanessa and their new-born baby daughter Aisling.

Another adult and two children were taken to hospital following the crash, but all three were discharged.

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has expressed her sadness on the tragic death of the Fermanagh hurler, a member of Lisbellaw Hurling Club and the hurling development administrator for the GAA in Co Cavan.

“Shane was a talented and energetic person who gave so much in life and his untimely passing will leave a deep void in the lives of those who were fortunate to know him,” she said.

The minister said it was a time of “unimaginable grief” for his family who are “very much in my thoughts at this time”.

In a statement the Gaelic Players Association extended “its sincere sympathy to the wife, daughter, family, friends and colleagues of Shane Mulholland who died tragically in an accident”.

They described Mr Mulholland as “an outstanding ambassador for his team mates and his sport”.

Meanwhile, Ulster Council president of the GAA, Martin McAviney, said Mr Mulholland “made a significant contribution in the promotion of hurling in his role as a development officer with Cavan GAA”.

“He inspired many young men and women from Antrim, Cavan and Fermanagh to play the game of hurling in his role as a coach and served as role model as both a club and county player.

“It is poignant that someone so young leaves behind a significant and lasting legacy,” he added.