The Sligo GAA community has been plunged into mourning following the death of Curry footballer Red Óg Murphy with his club chairperson Barry Gallagher saying that he will be "greatly missed."

The DCU student, who was named on the Sigerson Team of the Year earlier this month, returned from an AFL stint at North Melbourne in late 2019 after eight months with the club.

He went on to feature in all 12 of Sligo's league and championship games throughout 2020 and 2021, scoring 1-15.

He had opted out of Tony McEntee's panel this year to concentrate on club action and his studies in Dublin.

The 21-year-old, a past pupil of St Attracta’s in Tubbercurry, was studying to be a teacher.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the Murphy family, our club and our community," Gallagher said on the Curry club's Facebook page.

"We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Murphy/Lavin families and friends. Red Óg was a member of Curry GAA club and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

"We have been in contact with his parents and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time. Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated. The clubhouse is open to all, to support them and to offer them advice and guidance. We would ask you to respect our privacy at this time."

Parish priest Fr Leo Henry said that the death has hit the entire Curry community hard.

Red Óg Murphy represented DCU

"The parish and community and the Murphy family - we are all one big family," he said. "We are united in life, and in grief, and in celebrating Red Óg's wonderful short life."

"Sligo's GAA community is deeply shocked at the untimely death of Red Óg Murphy," Sligo GAA said in a statement.

"While we knew Red Óg as a public figure through his great sporting ability, he was first and foremost a son and a brother. Our thoughts today are firstly with his family and then with his teammates, friends and clubmate.

"It will take time for all of us to come to terms with this loss. For now our concern is to respect the privacy of the family and to support those who knew, played and worked with Red Óg as players and coaches and in particular the community of Curry GAA club who will want to remember and celebrate his contribution to their community and their lives."