Kiltimagh GAA Club has led the tributes to the late Darragh Sloyan, whose sudden death yesterday has stunned the GAA community across Mayo.
Mr Sloyan, who was in his mid-thirties, was a stalwart of the GAA scene and wore the Kiltimagh jersey with distinction at all age levels across two decades. He also represented Mayo at underage level and starred for Castlebar Mitchels during the past decade.
In a tribute posted on its Facebook page, Kiltimagh GAA Club said:
“Everybody at Kiltimagh GAA Club is absolutely devastated to hear the news of the passing of Darragh Sloyan. Darragh was one of the finest footballers to pull on our blue and white jersey and he proudly represented the club at all levels.
“Darragh also wore the green and red at underage level.
“Deepest sympathies to his family at this difficult time.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.”
Castlebar Mitchels, in a statement, said:
“All at Castlebar Mitchels are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former player Darragh Sloyan.
“Darragh joined our senior team from his native Kiltimagh in 2009 and was a star player on our run to the county final in 2010.
“His wonderful character and personality led to many great, long-lasting friendships being formed. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of spending time with him, both on and off the field.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to Darragh’s family and friends.
“May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Mr Sloyan, of Cottage Road, Breaffy, Castlebar and formerly of Park Road, Kiltimagh, is deeply regretted by his loving wife Lorraine (Cunningham), children Ben, Luke, Emily and Jude, parents Kieran and Carmel Sloyan (Kiltimagh), sisters Michaela Walsh (Kiltimagh), Naomi Mc Loughlin (Kiltimagh), Corina (Kiltimagh), Melissa (Kiltimagh), Yvonne (Mullingar), aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, Lorraine’s parents Kevin and Mary Cunningham, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Due to the HSE and Government guidelines, the funeral at all stages will be private for family only. Donations to Hope For Lucas or c/o Coady Funeral Directors, Linenhall Street, Castlebar.