A candlelight vigil was held for Galway camogie player Kate Moran who died after she was injured during a senior league game in the county on Monday.

Ms Moran, who was 20, played for Athenry Camogie Club. The incident occurred in Ardrahan during a club match between Ardrahan and Athenry.

Emergency services treated Ms Moran at the scene before she was taken to University Hospital Galway.

However, she died from her injuries on Tuesday morning.

Thousands of people turned out for the vigil in Athenry as a veil of sadness hangs over the town.

Ms Moran was on her way to becoming an inter-county star.

Athenry Camogie Manager Joe Rabbitte said: "She was the star of our club. She was a girl that used to lift every girl around her.

"In times when things mightn't be going that well Kate always had that smile.

"She'll never be replaced."

Kate Moran in action in the 2017 All-Ireland U16A Camogie Championship final (Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan)

Retired Galway hurler and two-time All-Ireland medal winner PJ Molloy paid tribute to Ms Moran, saying that she was ''blessed with talent".

"People just can't come to terms with it, that we'd lose a beautiful young girl that'd be 21 in a few weeks time," he said.

"That we're not going to see her on the camogie field again, I just can't believe it."

''We're all devastated, absolutely devastated. Kate was such a beautiful young girl and a wonderful talent," he told RTÉ's News at One.

"Her future was going to be bright in camogie. She had a great interest in the game, very seldom would you have to ring Kate and say 'why weren't you training’. Kate would always be there."

Ms Moran's Athenry teammate Olwen Rabbitte said she was a "beautiful person" and "full of life".

"It's just so traumatic what happened and we miss her so much already," Ms Rabbitte said.

"She was just irreplaceable, you couldn't have anyone like Kate Moran."

Another teammate, Sabina Rabbitte, said Kate was a "lovely, down-to-earth girl, a most loyal teammate".

"She was the type of one you wouldn't want to be marking at training 'cause you knew she could take you on and put it over the bar with her power and pace."

Athenry Camogie Club paid tribute to Ms Moran in a message on Facebook.

It said: "Kate began playing with Athenry Camogie Club at underage level and quickly progressed to Senior A level with great distinction.

"She holds a Feile, Minor County and Intermediate County title. She played in a club All-Ireland Intermediate final. She won two All-Irelands at U16 level with Galway, both titles she was incredibly proud of.

"She was a tremendous role model for our many underage players and a wonderful leader both on and off the field of play. Her bubbly personality will be remembered for eternity."

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Ms Moran is from a well-known GAA family in the Athenry area and Galway Camogie has postponed all of its games this week as a mark of respect.

A member of the Galway Camogie Board said the local community was in deep shock and counselling was being provided for players at the club.

A mass was held for Ms Moran on Tuesday morning before news of her death was confirmed.

A Galway-based Fianna Fáil councillor said Ms Moran's parents have spent the last few years "diligently fundraising" for Athenry camogie to develop new facilities.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Albert Dolan said: "This is obviously going to be an extremely tough time for them and I think they just need to know that no matter what, the community support is there for them 100% over the next week and we are all thinking of them every day now and they will be in our thoughts and prayers going forward."