Former Tyrone minor star passes away in Australia

December 05, 2023

A Tyrone flag flies proudly in the among the crowd

There is shock and sadness in Tyrone GAA circles at the passing of former county minor footballer Matthew McGuigan in Australia.

The 24-year-old passed away on Saturday, just day after moving to Sydney with his girlfriend Clodagh, and joining the Cormac McAnallen’s GAA club.

The club, which is called after the late Tyrone All-Ireland winner, said in a social media post: "It is with a very heavy heart that Cormac McAnallen’s GAA has learned of the passing of our new member Matthew McGuigan, Kildress Wolfe Tones.

"Matty had only recently arrived in Sydney with his girlfriend Clodagh, and in his short time spent here, had touched the lives of many that were fortunate enough to encountered him.

"Matty’s love for Gaelic football and his extreme talent was one of many qualities he was well known for. His commitment and dedication to the game was to be admired by many and we all were looking forward to him being our team mate and part of our club.

"Matthew will forever leave an imprint on the hearts of all those that knew him and his charming smile and kindness will be greatly missed.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the McGuigan and Treacy Families, his partner Clodagh, to all his friends, and to all at Kildress Wolfe Tones."

Tyrone GAA also paid the following tribute: "It is with deep regret and profound sadness that Coiste Chontae Thír Eoghain has learned of the death of Matthew McGuigan.

"Matty's contributions to his team were nothing short of extraordinary, and his legacy as a player will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing his prowess on the field.

"His commitment to the game and his unwavering spirit has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on Kildress Wolfe Tones and the broader community in Tyrone.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the McGuigan and Treacy Families, to Matthew's partner and friends and to the entire Cill Dreasa club."

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