Leitrim GAA player Phillip McGuinness passes away

Updated: Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 10:27

Phillip McGuinness (right) passed away in Beaumont Hospital on Monday
Phillip McGuinness (right) passed away in Beaumont Hospital on Monday

Leitrim footballer Phillip McGuinness has died of injuries sustained in a club game on Saturday.

<notforsyndication>Joe Flynn, Chairman of Leitrim GAA County Board, tells RTÉ Sport's Darragh Maloney of his sadness at the death of county footballer Philip McGuinness following an injury sustained in a club game.</notforsyndication>

The 26-year-old was playing for Mohill in a league match against Melvin Gaels when he sustained a knock to the head after falling on an opponent's knee.

He was taken to Sligo General Hospital before being moved to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he passed away earlier today.

GAA President Christy Cooney has expressed his sympathies on behalf of the association to Philip's family.

In a statement Cooney said: 'Philip’s passing is as untimely as it is tragic and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time.

'I know GAA members and people across the country were waiting for news on hearing of his situation and this news will be sorely felt in GAA circles, most notably in Leitrim. Philip made a handsome contribution to both his county and of course his club Mohill in a life full of promise that was cut tragically short.'

Philip played with the Mohill Club all his life and was a key player in their 2006 Senior Championship victory over St Mary’s – the club’s first since 1971.

From an early age he was considered a special talent and played for Leitrim at all levels in both football and hurling, and first appeared on the senior panel in 2003 while still in his teens.

In 2001 he was selected on the Connacht International Rules team that travelled to Australia.

He was an accomplished hurler, and played for the county on a number of occasions in the national league, but once called up to the Leitrim football panel, he began concentrating more on football.

In last year’s Connacht Championship game against Roscommon he kicked two points from wing-forward and had become a regular fixture on the Leitrim team throughout this year’s league.

The Leitrim GAA website have set up a book of condolence to mark the passing of Phillip McGuinness.