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GAA team in 'shock' after player dies while training in Limavady

Tributes paid to 'one of life's true gentlemen'

By Claire Williamson

A 32-year-old man has died while training at a leisure centre in Limavady with a sports club.

At around 9pm on Thursday evening Steven Deeney collapsed during training in Roe Valley Leisure Centre.

Limavady Borough Council said staff responded immediately and paramedics arrived within five minutes of the incident before Mr Deeney was rushed to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Saint Aidan's Magilligan GAA paid tribute to their teammate in a statement.

They said: "It's with deep shock and a heavy heavy heart that we, as a club, committee members, players and the entire community send on our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the entire Deeney family on the passing of Steven.

"A father, son, and brother to them. And one of the Magilligan GAA group. May you rest in peace with God above. Chuid eile i siochain."

Spokesman for St Aidan's GAA Paul Gaile described Steven as 'one of life's true gentlemen'.

He added: "We are all devastated by this terrible news but our first thoughts are with Steven's parents, sisters and young son.

"Our club and Steven's team mates have been left reeling by his death.  He was at training in the Roe Valley Leisure Centre when he collasped suddenly. 

"He was given immediate medical assistance by our trained first aider as well as the leisure centre staff and the paramedics arrived very quickly but despite everyone efforts, including the use of a defribulator, nothing could save Steven.

"He was one of life's true gentlemen, he loved everything about the GAA has been a member of our club from he was a young boy, playing for all our minor teams and then the senior team.

"He will  be a huge loss for us and the wider community as well."

In a statement Limavady Borough Council said: "Limavady Borough Council was subsequently informed that unfortunately the young man had passed away.  We would like to extend our sympathies to the young man’s family circle and friends."

Tributes have been paid to Mr Deeney on social media.

One said: "So, so sad to hear the terrible news last night about one of the nicest lads you ever could meet RIP big Steven my thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends and team mates."

Another called him, "a character who shall be missed by many".

The flag at St Aidan's GAA Club today is flying at half mast.

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