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Tributes pour in for 'loving and kind' student Conall McGuinness after sudden death

The talented sportsman was a member of the Wexford Minor Football panel and played GAA with his local club Glynn Barntown
Conall McGuiness

Conall McGuiness

Neasa Cumiskey

The father of a “loving and kind” young man who died suddenly over the weekend has paid tribute to his beloved son.

Wexford man Conall McGuinness (19) was sadly found dead in Belfast on Sunday, where he had been living and attending Queens University.

The talented sportsman was a member of the Wexford Minor Football panel and played GAA with his local club Glynn Barntown.

Conall’s heartbroken dad Gerry said that his son was “a great man” who would never be forgotten.

Speaking to Wexford People, he said: “He’ll be remembered.

“It was a pleasure to have him for the nineteen and a half years we did. He never gave us an ounce of trouble.

“He was a great man for his friends. He was very confidential and trustworthy and was always there with a listening ear. He had a great sense of fair play and that was very important to him. He always wanted people to be treated fairly.”

Mum Alison added: “We bumped into two people on the road today and both of them said that the things they would always remember about Conall were his big smile and the fact that he would always stop and say hello on the road.”

Tributes have been flowing in for the teenager from the community in Barntown since his passing.

Conall’s local GAA club, with whom he had won a Junior B title recently, wrote: “It is with great sadness that we extend our deepest sympathies to the McGuiness family on the sad passing of our young clubman Conall.

“Conall was a great addition to our club playing underage football through all age groups and representing Wexford at county minor level in 2019.”

And the Wexford Special Olympics Sports Club extended their sympathies to the McGuinness family and paid tribute to Conall, a former volunteer.

The club said: “Condolences to Conall's family at this sad time. Thank you Conall for all the volunteering you done for the club. You will be sadly missed. R.I.P.”

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