Former Derry footballer Aaron Devlin has died

Aaron Devlin
Aaron Devlin

Former Derry footballer Aaron Devlin has passed away, the Derry County Board have confirmed.

The 23-year-old fell ill last week following a club game for Ballinderry Shamrocks and it was subsequently revealed that he was suffering from an aggressive form of meningitis.

Derry GAA released a statement with the devastating news a short time ago.

"The Derry GAA community is greatly saddened to learn of the untimely death of Aaron Devlin.

"It is difficult to comprehend the devastation that the Devlin family and the wider community of Ballinderry must be feeling at this time.

"This tragedy will be sorely felt throughout the Derry GAA family, and on behalf of all our players, officials and members, at home and abroad, we wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Aaron's mother Carmel, father Eugene, sister Anna, and brothers Ronan and Coilin.

"We also offer all our condolences to the members of Aaron's club, Ballinderry Shamrocks, his local community, his team-mates, and his many friends and colleagues.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal."

Tributes have been pouring in from the GAA community following the devastating news.