Tributes have been paid this Friday afternoon after the sudden death of Edenderry man, Damian McKeon, at the age of 47.
Edenderry GAA club have led the tributes, extending their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Damian who represented the club at senior level and coached numerous teams with the club.
They recognised this contribution and his work with "numerous underage teams" in the town.
Damian represented Offaly in the 1989 All Ireland minor football final, lining out at half-forward.
Another former Offaly player, Johnny Mooney said: "Sincere condolences to the McKeon family and all his friends and the wider sporting community in Offaly and beyond."
His longtime friend Vinny Grennan also paid tribute on Friday: "There are just no words. You were one in a million and the best friend anyone could ask for."
"Over the last 25 years you have been a massive part of my life and now you're gone so suddenly. I just can’t believe it.
Just doesn’t make sense."
"So many memories over the years; football, dogs, horses, chatting in the kitchen with the head. I could write a book about our stories. You are going to be missed so much. Heaven has gained an angel and we’ve lost a legend. Make sure you give them all a rendition of our old classic Brown Paper," Vinny said.
Reposing at Larkin's Funeral Home, Edenderry this Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 8pm with Rosary at 8pm on both evenings. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11.00am in St. Mary's Church, Edenderry followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.