Tributes have been paid following the death of a young Monaghan GAA player in a road crash last night.
The 19-year-old died in the two-vehicle collision near Tullybuck, Clontibret, at around 11.30pm.
The young man, who was driving one of the cars, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He has been named locally as Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh, who captained the Monaghan U-20s in the Ulster FC semi-final clash against Donegal yesterday.
His club, Monaghan Harps, said on Twitter that it "is devastated at the news of the untimely death of our senior player and county U-20 captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh".
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
Tributes have also poured in from clubs across the country.
Tragic news on what was a great night for Brian Óg and the Monaghan u20s. Sympathies to his family and all Monaghan Gaels from CLG Dhun na nGall. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h'anam dilis. https://t.co/ziq0JabZFP— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) July 17, 2021
All at Mayo GAA would like to offer their condolences to the @MonaghanHarps @monaghangaa and the family & friends of Brendan Óg Duffy on their tragic loss.— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) July 17, 2021
Ár dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal#GAA pic.twitter.com/53I3eVdPoM
Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan Matt Carthy said there is "a dark cloud over Co Monaghan today. Such a tragic loss of a wonderful young man".
Regardless of the weather, there is a dark cloud over Co Monaghan today. Such a tragic loss of a wonderful young man. Deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved him including all at @COiriall @monaghangaa @MonaghanHarps and especially to his family. Codladh sámh Ogie. https://t.co/wlGjTDYdIs— Matt Carthy TD (@mattcarthy) July 17, 2021
Gardaí have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.
They also wish to speak to anyone who was in the Tullybuck area between 11.15pm and midnight, while any road users who were travelling in the area and who may have camera footage 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.