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Gaelic footballer dies on holiday

A young Belfast man has died while on holiday in Nicaragua.

It is understood Michael McLean, a keen gaelic footballer, hit his head in a fall while hiking in the Central American country with his brother Conor.

His local gaelic club in west Belfast, St Agnes GAC, has paid tribute to him.

"It is with great sadness that we must inform our members of the passing of our club member Michael McLean," said a statement on the club's website. "Michael died suddenly while travelling in Nicaragua, with his brother Conor.

"Michael was a gentleman and a true gael, he will be sadly missed by all that knew him, a keen footballer and hurler, and a short spell as club secretary ensures that Michael will always be remembered in the history of St Agnes GAC and the hearts of our members.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire McLean family circle at this time and especially with Conor, his parents Marie and Laurence, his sisters Patricia, Roisin and Louise and brother Martin."

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said the newly-qualified teacher was very well regarded in his local community.

"I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathies, and that of my party, to the family and friends of Michael McLean who died tragically in Nicaragua," said the Sinn Fein representative.

"Michael was very active in the community and very highly thought of. His work in St Agnes GAA club as both secretary and coach clearly made a positive impression on the many people he came into contact with.

"Michael was a true Gael and was held in high esteem by all those who knew him. I have met with his family and they have told me how proud they are of Michael and I was able to relate to them the pride in which the people of West Belfast also held Michael for his work in the community."

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