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Ciara was rushed to hospital.
Ciara was rushed to hospital.

Tributes have been paid to the teenage girl who died in Wexford after she collapsed during a training session with her local GAA side.

Tributes have been paid to the teenage girl who died in Wexford after she collapsed during a training session with her local GAA sideCiara Ryan (14), had just finished training with Kilanerin GAA Club in Gorey and was playing with friends on the pitch when she complained of feeling unwell.

Locals said she initially complained of a pain in her leg and then a headache before she got sick and collapsed.

A local doctor and paramedic were nearby and delivered first aid at the scene.

She was later brought to Wexford General Hospital but was pronounced dead after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage.

Members at her local GAA club hailed her as a "fantastic girl".

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family," a club spokesman said.

"We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Trish and Anton her parents, her sister Eabha and brother Jack, extended family and friends.

"Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated," the spokesman said. "Ciara was a fantastic girl and a keen sports person.

"On her last camogie training session last night she played with gusto and will be missed by her fellow teammates."

The club said everyone who knew her will miss her.

Staff and pupils in the local school expressed their sadness on Friday and said Ciara was extremely talented, both academically and athletically.

President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Marie Hickey, also expressed her sympathy.

“On behalf of everyone involved in the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Ciara Ryan.

“This is a tragedy for the community in Gorey, her club mates in Kilanerin, the Gaelic Games community in Wexford and in Ireland.

“Our prayers and sympathies are with Ciara’s family who have suffered such a great and sudden loss. Ár dheis de go raibh a h-anam dilis.”

A post mortem examination will be carried out.