23 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The death on Friday last, July 16 in a road traffic accident of 19-year-old Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh, the captain of Co Monaghan’s U-20s Gaelic football team, has caused widespread shock and grief throughout the county and in sporting circles nationwide. Mr Ó Dufaigh had played a starring role as centre half back in Monaghan’s 3-10 to 1-11 victory over Donegal in the Ulster U-20 Championship semi-final in Brewster Park in Enniskillen earlier in the evening and was driving home from the Monaghan GAA training facility at Cloghan when the fatal two-vehicle collision occurred on the N2 at Tullybuck, Clontibret around 11.30 pm. Gardaí and emergency services attended at the collision location and Mr O Dufaigh was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle involved is recovering from their injuries in hospital.

The N2 at Tullybuck was closed for a period to facilitate an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators and local diversions were put in place. The Gardaí in Monaghan appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward. They also requested anyone who was in the Tullybuck, Clontibret area between 11.15 pm and midnight on the evening to contact them. Road users who were travelling in the area and who might have dash cam or other camera footage that could be of assistance to the investigating Gardaí were requested to make it available. “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,” the Gardaí stated. Widely known as Ógie, Mr Ó Dufaigh resided at 15 Cloverhill, Monaghan and was an employee of Kingspan. His father Brendan is principal of the Coláiste Oiriall Irish language second level school in Monaghan Town and his mother Esther is a teacher in St Louis Secondary School .

He is also survived by sisters Claire and Áine. The Funeral Mass took place yesterday, Wednesday at St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan Town, followed by burial in St Joseph’s Old Cemetery, Latlurcan (see separate report, page two). Ógie played his senor club football for Monaghan Harps GFC, who in a social media tribute described the club membership as “devastated” by his untimely death. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time,” the Harps stated. The Harps announced that they were postponing all club activity until further notice.

A book of condolence was opened at their Gavan Duffy Park headquarters on Monday and Tuesday of this week under full health and safety and Covid-19 guidance. In a subsequent media interview, Harps Chairman Jimmy Croarkin described the player as “a true gentleman” and “a massive talent”. “It’s very raw,” Mr Croarkin said. “He was just a true gentleman… so good with the kids in the club as well as the adults. “GAA was his life and he threw everything at football. But he was also a huge link in our community. “He was so talented. The seniors had wanted him this year but he turned them down saying he was still too young but he had a massive, massive future with Monaghan GAA. “And he was a fantastic person as well.”

The Monaghan GAA Co Board said it was “deeply saddened” at the tragic passing and extended heartfelt sympathy to Mr Ó Dufaigh’s family, his teammates and his club Monaghan Harps. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult…

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