The Offaly County Board has paid tribute to U21 hurling manager Dermot Hogan, who died last night after falling while painting at his home.

Hogan (45) was reportedly painting a shed on the family farm in Coolderry when he fell through a roof he had been standing on.

He had only been named as Offaly U-21 boss earlier this year, with the Faithful County exiting the Leinster championship at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Wexford.

“Dermot’s positivity towards Offaly hurling was infectious," Offaly chairman Padraig Boland told

"While Dermot’s loss to Coolderry and Offaly hurling will be huge, it pales into insignificance when compared to the loss that will be felt by his wife Marie and family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely sad time."

GAA President Liam O'Neill described the death as an enormous loss to the GAA, his County Offaly and his club Coolderry.

"He held a very special place in the hearts of his local community and was involved from the grassroots up ... his commitment to his club was outstanding, he managed Coolderry to minor hurling success in 2008 and steered the club to an Offaly U21 title in 2010.

"He was a true GAA man and I know the sense of shock and loss throughout the local community has been widespread.”