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Irish Clubs Pay Tribute To 12-Year-Old Soccer Player Who Passed Away Last Saturday

Irish Clubs Pay Tribute To 12-Year-Old Soccer Player Who Passed Away Last Saturday
By Maurice Brosnan Updated

A young Wicklow soccer player has tragically passed away after falling ill last Saturday.

12-year-old Aaron O’Kelly was a goalkeeper for Bray-based Ardmore Rovers. He became ill at his home last Saturday and was taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. He was later pronounced dead.

O'Kelly had been honoured as player of the year for the club and tributes have poured in.

His club released the following statement:

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It is with great sadness the club have learned of the passing of Ardmore Rovers player Aaron O'Kelly, age 12.

Ardmore Rovers Football Club is greatly saddened by the news of the passing of one of its young footballers, Aaron O’Kelly, aged 12.

Aaron epitomised the spirit of the club and he was a very popular and friendly figure in his team.

As goalkeeper, he helped his Under 12 team win its DDSL league before Christmas, as well as picking up the Player of the Year award in the same season.

His dad Paul, has managed Aaron’s team for several years and is a valued member of our club.

Ardmore Rovers and all its members would like to send condolences to the O’Kelly family at this very sad time.

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