HUGE FUNERAL TRIBUTE TO GAA PLAYER WHO DIED IN CRASH NEAR ‘BLAYNEY

10 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

SEVERAL hundred GAA players and supporters from all over the North and the Republic, travelled to South Armagh on Thursday last for a final funeral tribute to the promising young Crossmaglen Rangers’ Gaelic Football Club under-16 and minor team player, Ciaran McKenna, who died in a car crash early on Monday morning of last week.
Traffic between Castleblayney and Crossmaglen was diverted as hundreds joined the cortege from the 17-year-old’s family home at Culloville Road to St. Patrick’s Church, Crossmaglen, for the requiem mass.
Members of the Crossmaglen Rangers’ Gaelic Football Club joined Ciaran’s grieving parents, Eugene and Mary, and his brothers Niall and Conall, as pall-bearers behind his remains as the coffin was borne into the church. GAA members also formed a guard of honour at the deceased’s residence, and at the packed church and graveside.
Ciaran was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle crash at Maghernakill, on the main Castleblayney-Dundalk Road.
A female companion, Colleen McCann, also aged 17, was injured in the crash and trapped for a time in the car, before being cut free by firemen and taken to hospital.
The crash occurred after midnight but it was not until some hours later that the crashed vehicle was located off the roadway.
Miss McCann was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for treatment for her injuries.
Ciaran, a very popular young footballer, was a key defender with the Crossmaglen Rangers’ Gaelic Football Club.
His father Eugene, is also actively involved with the club and coaches younger players.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family on their sad and tragic bereavement.
It was the second tragedy for Crossmaglen Rangers GFC since the loss of a former team captain, James Hughes, as a result of a shooting incident in Dundalk, last December.

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