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Earley family anguish after Dominic dies in Fermanagh car crash

By Brett Campbell

The family of a Co Tyrone GAA player who died in a car crash over the weekend have been left completely devastated following the tragedy.

Dominic Earley (26), from Tattyreagh, died following the single vehicle collision in Tempo.

It happened just before 10am on the Glengesh Road, in neighbouring Co Fermanagh, on Saturday morning.

"My heart is broken", his grieving brother posted on social media.

Gerdy Earley paid tribute to Dominic, describing him as "a gentleman, a hero, an inspiration, a great brother, a great son, and a dream boyfriend to Maria Harkin".

In a heartfelt tribute posted on Facebook, Gerdy said that Maria - Dominic's partner of 10 years - will always be a part of the Earley family.

In the emotional post he said that the entire family has been left "completely devastated" by the sudden loss.

"Dom's love for the GAA was top class, the effort he put into the tatts (Tattyreagh club) was unbelievable," he added.

"Those who talked to Dom would all say he was the nicest guy ever.

"He reached out to everyone, especially me as his younger brother. I'm going to miss you giving out to me to do things right," he added.

Referring to his sister Danielle, he said that the next few days were going to be the hardest days of their lives.

"I'm going to miss you DOMMO90, I love you always and you're forever in my heart brother," he wrote.

Dominic was a member of Tattyreagh GAA Club where he played football at all youth levels while growing up near Omagh.

The passionate sportsman, who was on the club's senior reserve team, was also a trained coach and a member of the senior management team.

Club chairman Gerry McGinn told the Belfast Telegraph that the entire club has been left in "a state of shock and complete devastation".

"We are numb," he added.

"Dom was a total professional in everything that he did and he was a very likeable young man.

"I never once saw him in bad humour and he always had a smile on his face - the glass was always half full."

Mr McGinn said Dominic Earley had helped the club reach the Tyrone Junior Football Championship final last year.

They were denied victory by Rock St Patrick's, who beat them by three points.

The young gaelic player had joined the management team at Cavan GAA just a few months prior to his death.

In a statement, the club said that he "created a lasting impression on those who had the pleasure of meeting him" in that short time.

"Cavan GAA would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Dominic's family, his girlfriend Maria, relatives, friends and to the Tattyreagh GAA club and Tyrone County Board."

Dominic had previously worked as a stats man for Tyrone GAA prior to the club's win over Donegal last summer, when they claimed the Ulster title for the first time since 2010.

Tyrone spokesman Eunan Lindsay offered his "deepest sympathy and condolences" to Dominic's friends and family on behalf of everyone at the club.

"Everyone is still in shock," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"He did a lot of work with numerous clubs, from match analysis to coaching - he did a bit of soccer coaching too - and he will be sadly missed."

A minute's silence was observed before the Ulster quarter-final between Down and Armagh at Paric Esler in Newry yesterday and a similar silence will be held before next weekend's last eight clash between Monaghan and Cavan.

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