Belfast Telegraph

Tributes for GAA stalwart after death at 48

By Cate McCurry

The funeral of a Co Antrim man who was found dead at home by his father will take place today.

Sean Taggart, from The Folly area of Antrim, died suddenly on Tuesday morning.

The 48-year-old, who was described as a "gentleman", died from a heart attack.

One of 11 siblings, his brother Martin said he was a "well-loved".

"Sean's death is a shock to us all, there is no history of heart failure in the family," he said.

"He worked hard for the local GAA club and will be missed by many people."

The popular Gael had been feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms for a number of days before his death.

He had been staying at his parents' house when his father found him earlier this week.

Sean was a member of Naomh Comhghall GFC in Antrim.

In a tribute, the club described him as a "unique and valued helper".

"Everybody knew Sean Taggart," the club said in an online post.

"Whatever the club was doing or planning, Sean was always there as a major part of it.

"He would quite often be heard on our sideline offering advice and encouragement to our players.

"There are many things we will miss about Sean, but the main thing that sticks with us is Sean's enthusiasm for his club and that enthusiasm rubbed off on our teams, players, coaches and committees over the many years he was involved. Sean, you are a great friend of ours and you will be sadly missed."

His sudden death sparked hundreds of online tributes, with many describing him as a "gentleman".

One friend posted: "Absolute gentleman and great ambassador for a wonderful club."

Roisin Lynch, SDLP councillor for the Antrim area, said his death had shocked the community.

"Sean was always so cheerful and always had a word for you when you met him," she said.

His funeral will take place today at 11am in St Joseph's Church in Antrim. He is survived by his parents Willie and Anna and 10 brothers and sisters.

The family has asked for donations to be made to the Children's Heartbeat Trust.

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