GAA community out in force to bid a tearful farewell to dad Steven Deeney
The GAA fraternity turned out in huge numbers to pay a final tribute to Steven Deeney (32), the Magilligan Gaelic footballer whose funeral was held in the village church yesterday.
Representatives from the GAA at both local and county level as a well as from the Ulster Council joined Mr Deeney's parents and four sisters for Requiem Mass at St Aidan's Church before his burial in the adjoining graveyard.
Father-of-one Steven died suddenly during a training session at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Limavady last Thursday.
Magilligan St Aidan's official Paul Gaile said they were proud to be able to pay their respects to such a valued member of their club.
Mr Gaile said: "Over this past week we have received condolences from across Ireland, from as far away as Cork, and it was good that we were able to pass these on to Steven's family.
"Steven was a very valuable member of our club and this has been a tough week, but the knowledge that there was nothing we, or anyone else, could have done to save Steven is a bit of a comfort for his team-mates."
His sister Charlene said: "Steven was fun-loving, kind, generous and gentle.
"The GAC were like an extended family, they were like brothers to him and their support has been incredible - they couldn't do enough for us and we are so glad he was with them.
"The post-mortem showed he had a spontaneous rupture of the aorta and that it was instant, there was nothing anyone could have done, but he did not suffer in any way at all."