The GAA world is in shock after Monaghan Under-20 captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh was killed in a car crash last night, hours after winning an Ulster semi-final.
19-year-old Ó Dufaigh was tragically killed in a two-car collision on the N2 at Tullybuck near Clontibret at about 11:30pm. He was travelling home from Monaghan's Ulster football semi-final win over Donegal at Brewster Park in Fermanagh when the collision occurred.
Our club is devastated at the news of the untimely death of our senior player and county U-20 captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. All club activity has been postponed until further notice. pic.twitter.com/GUCZLeI9WA
— Monaghan Harps GAA (@MonaghanHarps) July 17, 2021
The tragic news has put a cloud over the weekend's GAA activity, and his club Monaghan Harps said in a statement that all club activity had been put on hold.
Our club is devastated at the news of the untimely death of our senior player and county U-20 captain Brendan Óg Ó Dufaigh. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. All club activity has been postponed until further notice.
Local TD Matt Carthy was among those to express condolences for Ó Dufaigh, who had led the Monaghan U20 football team to a huge win over Donegal on Friday night.
Regardless of the weather, there is a dark cloud over Co Monaghan today. Such a tragic loss of a wonderful young man. Deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved him including all at @COiriall @monaghangaa @MonaghanHarps and especially to his family. Codladh sámh Ogie. https://t.co/wlGjTDYdIs
— Matt Carthy TD (@mattcarthy) July 17, 2021
— Aaron McCarey (@mccareyA1) July 17, 2021
Heartbreaking news to hear about the death of young ‘Ogie’, Brendan Og Duffy, just hours after Captaining @MonaghanGAA U20’s to the Ulster final! Sending my deepest condolences to his family and friends
— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe) July 17, 2021
Tragic news on what was a great night for Brian Óg and the Monaghan u20s. Sympathies to his family and all Monaghan Gaels from CLG Dhun na nGall. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dilis. https://t.co/ziq0JabZFP
— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) July 17, 2021
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward. They have also asked that anyone who may have been driving nearby or on the N2 who may have video footage of the crash from a dashcam to make it available to the Gardaí.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Monaghan Garda Station on 047 77200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.