Clare GAA is in shock today following the news of the sudden death of 23 years old Niall White a member of the Clare Senior football team in the recent Allianz National League campaign as well as against Kerry in the McGrath Cup Final.
“The Irish Examiner” reports that White ,a member of the St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield club, was found dead at his Ennis home on Monday night. He had been on the county senior football panel for the last three seasons. A dual star with his club, he excelled at both hurling and football through the grades, right up to senior rank. Only recently he re-joined St Joseph’s senior footballers for training after recovering from an injury suffered while playing for the county.
Doora-Barefield club P.R.O , Seamus O’Sullivan, told ‘The Clare People’: “The club is still in shock and coming to terms with the news. We still cannot believe the news about Niall. Such a young man, this is a terrible tragedy. He was so talented, a totally committed hurler and footballer. This is a terrible loss to his family,” said O’Sullivan.
County Board chairman Michael O’Neill also expressed his shock: “Clare GAA’s deepest sympathies go out to the White family at this time. Niall played with the county senior footballers this year and Clare GAA is in shock at this very sad news.”
Clare Football Manager Micheál McDermott added : “Niall was a young lad that we had on the Clare panel for the last two or three years. What you got from Niall was huge honesty and commitment. It’s a tragedy that a life as promising as his was cut short. His family has suffered a huge loss and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time,” said the Banner boss.
Niall White is survived by his parents, Mary and Pat and his sister Ciara. Niall will be buried tomorrow in Drumcliffe Cemetery following the funeral mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Ennis.
The GPA issued the following statement
The Gaelic Players Association would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Clare footballer Niall White who was found dead at his home in Ennis on Monday.
Speaking today, the GPA’s Chief Executive Officer Dessie Farrell said: “Niall’s death has come as a great shock to the GAA community and players everywhere. A talented young dual player, his loss to his family, friends and team-mates is unimaginable. On behalf of the GPA, I would like to offer our condolences to Niall’s parents, Pat and Mary and his sister Ciara.
“We would also like to extend our condolences and support to Niall’s playing colleagues at his club St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield and on the senior county panel.”