Niall Donoghue, a Galway hurler was found dead at his home on Wednesday evening.
Donoghue who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday was part of the Galway panel that lost the 2012 All-Ireland senior final defeat to Kilkenny.
Members of the GAA have issued statements and taken to twitter to sympathise with the O’Donoghue family.
“Galway GAA is in shock this morning with the news of the tragic, and untimely, death of Niall Donoghue,” Galway CEO John Hynes said in a statement.
“On behalf of the entire Galway GAA Community, at home and abroad, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Niall’s family and especially to his father Francis, brother Shane, sister Orla, uncles, aunts and all his relatives.
“We offer our deepest condolences also to all the members of Niall’s Club and Parish, Kilbeacanty, to his fellow inter-county panellists on the Galway Hurling Team and to his many friends and colleagues.
“Ar Dheis Lámh Dé, go raibh a Anam Uasal Dílís.”
Statement on behalf of Dessie Farrell, Chief Executive, Gaelic Players Association read ”Like the entire GAA community, the Gaelic Players Association is in total shock following the tragic news of Niall Donoghue’s untimely death.
“On behalf of our members, I would like to offer the Donoghue family, extended family, relatives, the Galway hurling panel, Galway GAA and members from the Kilbeacanty club our sincerest and heartfelt condolences.
“Niall’s passing is deeply distressing for everyone associated with him and we would urge anyone suffering distress to ensure that they seek help.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam Niall.”
The Sports news seems very trivial & irrelevant today. Sleep gently, Niall Donoghue. RIP
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) October 24, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Niall o Donoghue. A fantastic hurler and a gent of a man. #RIP
— Brendan Maher (@BennyMaher) October 24, 2013
Awful news about young Galway hurler Niall Donoghue. Thoughts go out to his friends and family. RIP
— Darran O’Sullivan (@Darransull86) October 23, 2013
Awful news to wake up to! Rest in peace Niall Donoghue.
— Paul Mannion (@Maaanonion) October 24, 2013
Horrific news from Galway. Thoughts and Prayers with him, his family, his friends and teammates. RIP Niall
— Éanna Martin (@eanna_1) October 23, 2013