THE GAA world has been plunged into sadness following the tragic death of Monaghan Under-20 captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh.
The 19-year-old was killed in a car crash in County Monaghan last night just a couple of hours after captaining Monaghan to a win over Donegal in the Ulster Under-20 semi-final at Brewster Park.
Picture: Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh (left) pictured with referee Kevin Faloon and Donegal captain Rory O’Donnell before last night’s Ulster Under-20 semi-final at Brewster Park.
A two-car collision occurred at around 11.30pm on the N2 in Tullybuck, Clontibret, Co. Monaghan.
Mr Ó Dufaigh, the driver of one of the cars, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was driving home from Cloghan, the Monaghan GAA Centre of Excellence, having traveled on the team bus from the game.
The N2 remains closed at Tullybuck today to allow for Forensic Collision Investigators to conduct an examination of the scene and local diversions are in place.
A member of the Monaghan Harps club, Mr Ó Dufaigh was the Monaghan captain and played a lead role as they came from five points down to defeat Donegal by 3-10 to 1-11 in Enniskillen.
Our club is devastated at the news of the untimely death of our senior player and county U-20 captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. All club activity has been postponed until further notice. pic.twitter.com/GUCZLeI9WA
— Monaghan Harps GAA (@MonaghanHarps) July 17, 2021
As a mark of respect, all club activity in Monaghan has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to come forward.
Any road users who were travelling in the area and who may have camera footage (including dash cam) is asked to make it available to investigating Gardaí.
Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Monaghan Garda Station on 047 77200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.