Former Kerry GAA player Patrick Curtin dies after accident in Guatemala
A former Kerry Gaelic footballer has died from injuries sustained in a work accident in central America.
Kerry GAA said Patrick Curtin died in hospital in Florida on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old from the village of Moyvane in north Kerry had been airlifted to the US for treatment after the accident in Guatemala.
The full forward played 16 times for the senior Kerry GAA football side. His last appearance was two years ago. He had recently been working in central America.
In a statement, Kerry GAA said: "It is with deep regret that Kerry GAA has learned of the death of Patrick Curtin of Moyvane.
"The 26-year-old was injured in an accident while working in Guatemala before Christmas and was subsequently airlifted to hospital in Miami where he passed away earlier today.
"Patrick played in all grades of intercounty football with Kerry; he played Minor in 2006 and 2007, Under 21 in 2009 and 2010, Junior in 2009 and made his Senior Championship debut against Tipperary in 2012 having made his League debut earlier that year against Dublin.
"In all, Patrick made six Championship and 10 League appearances for the Kingdom.
"Kerry GAA extends its deepest sympathy to his family, friends and work colleagues and also to his Club, Moyvane."
The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) paid tribute to Mr Curtin.
Chief executive Dessie Farrell said: "On behalf of the county playing body I would like offer our sincere sympathies to the Curtin family, to Kerry GAA, the Moyvane club and to everyone associated with Patrick whose tragic loss has come as a terrible shock to the GAA community."