The death has been announced of the Meath minor footballer Darren Connell, who was aged 17.

Connell, from the Oldcastle club, played for the Royals minor side only this summer.

Paying tribute, Meath GAA on Instagram wrote: "It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of a young man who pulled on the Meath jersey as a county minor this year and someone who was the pride and joy of his club Oldcastle GFC.

"Darren Connell was a young man who was richly talented as a footballer and someone who always set the tone with his work rate.

"A driving force for his club teams, Darren caught the eye when arriving into Dunganny a few years ago for U-14 trials and was a key member of the Development Panel through the years before progressing to the minor panel this year."