The GAA community in north Mayo has been plunged into mourning following the tragic passing of one of its brightest young footballers.
Raphael Sunday, who was a talented player with Erris St Pat's, an underage amalgamation of the Ballycroy and Kiltane GAA clubs, and was a third-year student at St Brendan’s College in Belmullet, died suddenly yesterday.
The youngster put in a man-of-the-match performance for Erris St Pat’s in their U16 county final victory over Bonniconlon last year. Also a talented soccer player, Raphael was a regular with Bangor Hibs FC and trained at Geesala Boxing club.
The Ballycroy and Kiltane GAA clubs and North Mayo Board expressed their sympathies on Twitter.
He was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and teammates, coaches and the many club members who knew him. Ar dheis dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.— Ballycroy Gaa (@GaaBallycroy) April 16, 2021
The Club extends it's deepest sympathies to his family, teammates and wide circle of friends.
Today we lost a hugely valued member of our club, whose Man Of The Match performance in a county final last year was...Posted by Kiltane Gaa Page on Friday, 16 April 2021
The North Mayo Board extends it's deepest sympathies to his family, teammates and wide circle of friends.— North Mayo Gaa (@GaaNorth) April 17, 2021
Ar dheis dé go raibh a h-anam dílis. pic.twitter.com/JxuuylBlSa