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Patrick Curtin: GAA stars pay tribute to 'wonderful' Kerry footballer following car accident

By Declan Whooley

The GAA community and general public have paid their respects on social media to the news that former Kerry footballer Patrick Curtin has passed away following a car accident in Central America.

The tragic news was announced by Kerry GAA this morning in a statement released on their website after the 26-year-old was injured in an accident while working in Guatemala before Christmas.

He was subsequently airlifted to hospital in Miami where he passed away earlier today.

Mr Curtin's family had been maintaining a bedside vigil in the US this week after he had been airlifted to Miami this week.

Mr Curtin, from Moyvane, is understood to have fallen from a moving vehicle while driving in Guatemala last Friday.

"Thoughts and prayers with @Kerry_Official Patrick curtin and his family. Terribly sad news of his passing abroad. RIP," former Mayo forward Conor Mortimer posted on Twitter.

"RIP Patrick Curtin. Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers with family and friends," Roscommon star Donie Shine added.

Moyvane man Curtin, a full-forward, played his last game for the Kingdom back in 2013 against Cavan in the championship at Croke Park, playing six senior championship games and 10 in the National League with the Kingdom.

The former minor and senior footballer was an employee with for Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney and had been in Guatemala since September.

During his Kerry football career, Mr Curtin made 11 minor championship appearances during 2006 and 2007, losing the 2006 All Ireland final to Roscommon after a replay.

As well as playing three championship games at U21 level, he was also part of the senior squad in 2012/2013, making 10 league and six championship appearances for his county.

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 to extended their sympathies after the tragic news was confirmed.

"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," GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell said in a statement released today.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

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