'The nicest lad you'd ever meet'

April 19, 2022

A Mayo flag flies proudly.
©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

A Mayo GAA club has paid a heartfelt tribute to a young footballer whose funeral took place over the Easter weekend.

Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Moran was laid to rest in Killala on Sunday after he tragically passed away on February 24 last. He is survived by his parents Bernard and Helena, sister Rachel, grandparents Brian and Criss, aunts, uncles, cousins, Laura and his many close friends, club-mates of Killala GAA, fellow-students of NUIG and the wider Killala community.

“No-one ever had a bad word to say about Ryan. ‘The nicest lad you’d ever meet’ was the underlying description of Ryan’s personality over the weekend,” Killala GAA said in an online post.

“During his few years in the junior team, Ryan managed to nail himself down as one of our starting corner backs. He won a North Mayo ‘A’ medal in 2019 and made his championship debut in 2020.

“During these dark times, rivals become friends, and we would like to thank the wider community and other clubs who have reached out over the last few weeks. We will never forget your support.”

The club added: “We are aware that this message will be seen and shared near and far – so we would ask you to all look out for one another. Go for a cup of tea with a friend, go for a walk, ring someone for a chat. Don’t be afraid to share your problems. Be kind and be there for each other.”

“Every time we pull on the blue jersey, we will think of Ryan. He will forever be in our thoughts.”


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