Belfast Telegraph

Nicaragua fall victim honoured by Croke Park silence

By Catherine Lynagh

A minute's silence was held at the All-Ireland semi-final yesterday for GAA man Michael McLean, who died while hiking in Nicaragua last week.

The west Belfast man, from the Fruithill area, died in the arms of his brother after falling and hitting his head during a guided expedition.

Michael's body was returned to Belfast yesterday morning.

His funeral will take place tomorrow at the Church of the Holy Spirit on the Glen Road in Belfast.

In a fitting tribute to the well-known GAA member, the 80,000 strong Croke Park crowd fell silent for one minute ahead of the throw-in.

Michael's clubmate at St Agnes GAC Brendan Mulgrew said: "It was very fitting for him to be remembered that way in Croke Park."

Michael and his younger brother Conor (24) had begun their travels in Boston and had only been in Nicaragua for a few days when the accident happened.

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