Galway hurler Niall Donoghue found dead

Niall Donoghue, a Galway hurler was found dead at his home on Wednesday evening.

Donoghue who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday was part of the Galway panel that lost the 2012 All-Ireland senior final defeat to Kilkenny.

Members of the GAA have issued statements and taken to twitter to sympathise with the O’Donoghue family.

“Galway GAA is in shock this morning with the news of the tragic, and untimely, death of Niall Donoghue,” Galway CEO John Hynes said in a statement.

“On behalf of the entire Galway GAA Community, at home and abroad, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Niall’s family and especially to his father Francis, brother Shane, sister Orla, uncles, aunts and all his relatives.

“We offer our deepest condolences also to all the members of Niall’s Club and Parish, Kilbeacanty, to his fellow inter-county panellists on the Galway Hurling Team and to his many friends and colleagues.

“Ar Dheis Lámh Dé, go raibh a Anam Uasal Dílís.”


Statement on behalf of Dessie Farrell, Chief Executive, Gaelic Players Association read “Like the entire GAA community, the Gaelic Players Association is in total shock following the tragic news of Niall Donoghue’s untimely death.

“On behalf of our members, I would like to offer the Donoghue family, extended family, relatives, the Galway hurling panel, Galway GAA and members from the Kilbeacanty club our sincerest and heartfelt condolences.

“Niall’s passing is deeply distressing for everyone associated with him and we would urge anyone suffering distress to ensure that they seek help.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam Niall.”




  1. As I browsed the Internet looking for results of the hurling game in Notre Dame last weekend, I came across the headline that Galway Hurler Niall Donoghue had passed away. It came as a great shock to me to see that this great hurler, whose name had become a household word had passed away at the young age of 23. My wife Joan and I would like to extend our deepest and sincere sympathy, to his family, relatives, and friends, and also to the Galway G A A on their great loss. He will be forever remembered, for his wonderful performance in the drawn and replay of the All Ireland final of 2012. May he rest in peace? Love Joan and Dominick Prendergast Readville Boston Mass.


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