By Kim O'Leary
A Co Kildare village is today gathering to bid farewell to a ‘multi-talented’ young sportsman who tragically died following a collision with a car close to his home earlier last week.
Shane Duggan (16) from Straffan was out cycling with his twin brother Conor at Oughterard, Straffan, at 4.50pm on Tuesday, July 3 when he was involved in a collision with a car.
He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital and he sadly passed away from his injuries on Saturday, July 7.
Earlier this afternoon, family members and close friends paid tribute to Shane,who played both rugby and GAA, as they gathered at St Anne’s Church in Ardclough for a funeral mass at 12pm followed by burial at Donacomper Cemetery in Celbridge.
It is also understood Shane played for both Kill GAA and Ardclough GAA and that Killard football players provided a guard of honour at his funeral, as well as announcing that the Killard No.6 jersey will be retired from all teams until January 2019 while club activity will be halted until the weekend.
Shane is survived by his loving parents Derek and Mary, brother Conor, grandparents Frances Duggan and John and Mary Buggle, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.
It is understood that Shane was a third-year student at St Vincent's Castleknock College in Dublin and his school paid tribute to him following a “brave fight” in the days following the accident.
Shane played rugby with MU Barnhall RFC who described him as “a very promising player” and that he “would have had many friends” in the Youth section of the club as a member of this year’s Castleknock College Junior Cup Team.
Shane also played Gaelic football with Kill GAA and Ardclough GAA, where he was described as “a pivotal member of our Killard Teams over the last number of years and featured in our under 16 spring league matches recently and was ready to play for our under 16s 17s and 18s in our upcoming competitions.”
“Shane was a strong skillful footballer and multi-talented sportsman but more importantly he was an excellent human being of impeccable character and friendship. He was warm and friendly and a calming influence on his mentors and teammates alike. His enduring quiet personality insured that he was always popular with all his teammates and was a great friend to all. He will be an irreplaceable loss to his family his friends his mentors and his sports teams. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time,” reads the statement released on behalf of both clubs.
A Garda investigation into the accident is ongoing.
The 40-year old woman who was driving the vehicle involved was uninjured.
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