Promising young GAA star (19) killed in farm tragedy

Sad: Adam Mangan
Sad: Adam Mangan

A promising young GAA star who died in a farming accident on Saturday evening has been named.

Adam Mangan (19) died following a serious accident at a farm in Derryarkin, near Rhode in County Offaly. 

The incident occurred at approximately 4.35 on Saturday. 

It is understood the young man suffered serious head trauma while working with equipment - which included a trailer - on a farm near Derryarkin. Emergency services were called but it is believed he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

His body was taken to Midlands General Hospital where a post-mortem examination is to be carried out. 

The young man, who was a university pupil, was a promising athlete and student who played county football at minor level.

Mangan, who was from the Kilclonfert area, also played rugby with Tullamore and represented Leinster and Ireland at youth level.

His club posted a touching tribute to him on their Facebook pages: "The darkest of clouds is cast over Kilclonfert this evening as news of the terribly tragic and untimely death of one of our fine young players, Adam Mangan has occurred.

"Words just don’t describe the sadness that is in our club and community tonite. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray, Janette, Shane, Mark & Cathal and all their extended family and friends."

Chairperson of the Offaly County Board, Padraig Boland, said the entire community has been left devastated by the passing of the "decorated footballer".

"Adam was a young man who had leadership qualities on and off the field. He played with the Offaly minor team for two years," Mr Boland said.

"He was a young man that was full of the joys of life, he really was. He played centre field for his club.

"His loss is felt by everybody in Offaly GAA. But our thoughts are first and foremost with his parents and siblings."

Gardai and the HSE have launched investigations into his death.